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Alfredo De Massis

Professor of Entrepreneurship & Family Business / Center for Family Business / Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, IMD and Lancaster University

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Case Studies, Movies, TV Shows and Other Family Business Resources
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Technology is changing how students learn, and we need to look beyond the textbook. Start here. Read More...
How Family Firms Can Innovate With Less
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Small- to medium-sized firms with few resources have been successful by doing these six things. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Unlocking the Innovation Potential of Family Firms: An Assessment Tool
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Family businesses are nimble enough to innovate, but often hesitate. This assessment tool can help. Read More...
A Shock to the System: How Family Businesses Can Survive Covid-19
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Family firms account for an estimated two-thirds of the overall businesses worldwide. An assessment tool helps them judge how vulnerable they are. Read More...
The Potential Downside of Having Non-Family Board Members
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Having outsiders on the board could make CEOs more reticent to share critical information about finances, marketing position, strategy and efficiency. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Winemakers Provide Lessons on Resilience
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For venerable winemakers who’ve survived for generations, resilience is very subjective, and perception shapes how they pursue it. Read More...
Category: Research Insight
Five Things Family Businesses are Reckoning With Now
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This video, also available as a podcast, explores how family businesses are balancing cherished traditions and social capital against the mandate to control costs at a time of economic peril. Read More...
Category: Commentary
A Family Firm Can Be Both an Innovator and a Great Place to Work
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Both relatives and non-relatives should feel happy, secure and “part of the family” without getting so complacent that they don’t challenge the status quo. Read More...
Category: Research Insight
Using Family History for Competitive Advantage
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The family history of the acclaimed Manchester-based restaurant Sweet Mandarin, recounted in the owner's book, builds strong ties with customers and other stakeholders. Read More...
Category: Research Insight
What Olivetti Style Teaches Us About Lasting Aesthetic Legacy
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Legacies of great family businesses involve our senses of touch, sight, sound, taste and smell -- all embedded in our experiences with their most iconic artifacts. Read More...
Category: Commentary
Women Can Help Family Firms Innovate – but Socioemotional Factors Matter
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Even as more women step into leadership roles at family firms, long-held attitudes and practices may prevent the business from realizing all the benefits they can bring. Read More...
Category: Research Insight
Falling from Grace: How Scandals Affect Family Businesses
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Feuds, deception and bad behavior can undermine your brand and your family's image. Here are four types of scandals and some notorious examples. Read More...
Category: Research Insight
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