Appointment as Associate Editor of Family Business Review

I feel very happy and honored for my recent appointment as Associate Editor of Family Business Review. Family Business Review (FBR) is the leading journal in the field studying family business. With a current impact factor of more than 5.5, FBR is a perfect evidence for the importance of family firm studies, not only for practice but also in the academic world.

Together with my fellow Associate Editors and Editor Pramodita Sharma, I will handle manuscripts that fall into the scope of FBR, which is (according to its website) the

exploration of the dynamics of family-controlled enterprise, including firms ranging in size from the very large to the relatively small. FBR is focused not only the entrepreneurial founding generation, but also on family enterprises in the 2nd and 3rd generation and beyond, including some of the oldest companies in the world. In addition, the journal publishes interdisciplinary research on families of wealth, family foundations and offices.

I am very much looking forward to this job and hope to receive many high quality submissions from scholars of various disciplines and from around the world!

Carolyn Dexter Award 2015…

… for the storytelling paper by myself, Cinzia Dessi, Miriam Bird, and Michela Floris! We are very happy and proud to be the winner of this prestigious all-academy award for the best international paper. The award was handed over during the Carolyn Dexter Award Ceremony at the Annual Academy of Management Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, on August 9.

How can family firms motivate their employees to be innovative?

Employees are a key success factor for innovation – but how to motivate them?

Recent research showed that family firms are, on average, very innovative. But why is that? One reason provided by scholars is that employees in family firms feel especially encouraged to share their innovative ideas and implement them because of the particular “family firm culture.” So far, so good. But some of the readers might  wonder how exactly family firm owner-managers can motivate their employees to contribute to innovation. HSG-student, Johannes Netzhammer aimed to answer this question by integrating literature on family firms, innovation, and motivation. Here comes the summary of his excellent conceptual bachelor thesis (for references to original literature, please request the full text of the thesis):

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