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Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Our mission

The mission of the Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise Research Collective is to enhance knowledge of the transformational role the entrepreneurial process plays in bringing about social and economic value through/in:

  • Start-up activity
  • Corporate entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Continuity practices in established family enterprises
  • Social venturing
  • Institutional contexts such as government, health service providers, and other non-for-profit settings.


Academic staff


  • Professor Clay Dibrell: Professor of Management, Chair in Entrepreneurship, Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Ole Miss Business School, The University of Mississippi, USA.
  • Professor Eli Finkel: Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago
  • Professor Tom Lumpkin: C. S. Trosper Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship; Director, Tom Love Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Price College of Business, The University of Oklahoma, Texas, USA.
  • Professor Jose Liberti: Joseph Jr. and Carole Levy Chair in Entrepreneurship, Clinical Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USAL.
  • Professor Scott Newbert: Lawrence N. Field Chair in Entrepreneurship, Professor of Management, Baruch College, City University of New York, Zicklin School of Business, New York, USA.
  • Associate Professor Sophie Bacq: Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Indiana, USA.
  • Associate Professor Eric Clinton: Dublin City University, Ireland.
  • Dr Catherine Faherty: Dublin City University, Ireland.

Research students

Doctoral Student Projects:

  • Catharina C. Jecklin: Trust Matters: Exploring Relationships among Trust, Stewardship Climate and Psychological Contracting in Organisations (supported by Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship).
  • Alexandra Nash: Social Entrepreneurship as a Vehicle for Civic Wealth Creation (supported by Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship).
  • Anke Steinmeyer: Individual Entrepreneurial Archetypes: Examining Relationships among Global Entrepreneurial Orientation, Cognitive Biases, Heuristics and New Value Creation.
  • Dr Frank Barbera:
    • Financing, Firm Size and Productive Efficiency: the Effect of Family Ownership
  • Dr Pradeep Dharmadasa
    • Organizational Learning, Innovation and Performance in Family-Controlled Manufacturing Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Australia
  • Dr Wayne Irava:
    • Familiness Qualities, Entrepreneurial Orientation and Long-term Performance Advantage
  • Dr Manuel Eberhardt:
    • The Role of Inter-personal Networks in SME Internationalisation
  • Dr Mark Yupitin:
    • Agency Trade-offs in Family Firms: Theoretical Model and Implications
  • FFI Best Dissertation Award: Frank Barbera
  • FFI Best Dissertation Award: Wayne Irava
  • Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship: Catharina C. Jecklin
  • Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship: Alexandra Nash

Notable recent publications

Academic Articles 2017 - Forthcoming

  • Craig, J. B., & Newbert, S. (2020). Reconsidering socioemotional wealth: A Smithian-inspired socio-economic theory of decision-making in the family firm. Journal of Family Business Strategy. Available online:
  • Diaz, V., Clinton, E., Kammerlander, N., Lumpkin, G. T., & Craig, J. B. (2020). Innovation motives in family firms: A transgenerational view. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 44(2), 256-287.
  • Barrett, M., and Moores K., (2020). The what and how of family business paradox: Literature inspired distillations and directions. International Small Business Journal, 38(3), 154–183.
  • Quinn, M., Hiebl, M. R. W., Moores, K., & Craig, J. B. (2018). Future research on management accounting and control in family firms: Suggestions linked to architecture, governance, entrepreneurship and stewardship. Journal of Management Control, 28(4), 529-546.
  • Newbert, S., & Craig, J. B. (2017). Moving beyond socioemotional wealth: Toward a normative theory of decision-making in family business. Family Business Review, 30(4), 339-346.
  • Neubaum, D. O., Dibrell, C., Thomas, C., & Craig, J. B. (2017). Stewardship climate scale:  An assessment of reliability and validity. Family Business Review, 30(1), 37-60.

Book Chapters

  • Craig, J. B. (Forthcoming). All the same but different: Lenses to appreciate family enterprise heterogeneity. In A. Kaplan & B. Hauser (Eds.), The Life Cycle of a Family Business. London: Globe Law and Business.
  • Craig, J. B. & Bowman, G. (Forthcoming). Kemin Industries: A sustainable future in focus. In Sharma & Sharma (Eds.), Sustainable Family Businesses Best Practice. Edward Elgar.
  • Barrett, M., and Moores K. (Forthcoming). Diversity on family firm boards: A research agenda 2020-2030. In A. Calabro (Ed.), A Research Agenda for Family Business. A way ahead for the field. Edward Elgar.
  • Moores, K., Parris, D., Newbert, S., & Craig, J. B. (2019). All the same but different: Understanding family enterprise heterogeneity. In E. Memili & C. Dibrell (Eds.), Palgrave Handbook of Family Enterprise Heterogeneity (pp. 557-588). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Craig, J. B., Lumpkin, T., & Meyer, M. (2019). Innovation Advantages of Family Firms: Navigating the trilemma of challenges. In G.M. D'Allura, Colli, A. & Goel, S. (Eds.), Family Firms and Institutional Contexts: Business models, innovation and competitive advantage (pp. 210-231). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

International Conference Presentations and Articles

  • Craig, J. B. (2020). Are we in good hands? Building trust through planning. Swedish Family Business Network Magazine, August.
  • Craig, J. B., Faherty, C. M., & Lumpkin, G. T. (2019). Addressing a millennial generation challenge: Learning from family firms how to establish clan controls to increase and reduce agency costs. Accepted for presentation at Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference, June.
  • Bacq, S., Lumpkin, G. T., & Craig, J. B. (2019). Family business, community embeddedness, and civic wealth creation. International Family Enterprise Research Academy (ifera) Conference, Italy, June.

Keynote Engagements 2020

  • Justin B. Craig: The Tax Institute, 28th Noosa Tax Intensive, Thursday 12 November 2020. Keynote: Continuing differently: Building trust in decision-making teams.
  • Justin B. Craig: 12th Annual America Empresarial Family Business Summit, Thursday 19 November 2020. Keynote: Are we in good hands? Building trust through planning.

Conference Papers Accepted for Presentation in 2021

  • Craig, J. B., & Moores, K. The science of business: The enterprise as the epicentre of the Social Sciences. ACERE Conference, February.
  • Jecklin, C. C. Towards a better understanding of trust building in family firms. ACERE Conference, February.
  • Steinmeyer, A. Individual entrepreneurial archetypes: Concepts, configurations, and contexts. ACERE Conference, February.
  • U’Ren, B. Learning Entrepreneurship: A GESTALT Approach. ACERE Conference, February.

Conference Papers Submitted for Consideration in 2021

  • Jecklin, C. C., & Craig, J. B. Without trust you have nothing: Learning about trust from family enterprises. Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference, June.
  • Steinmeyer, A., & Craig, J. B. Individual entrepreneurial archetypes: Examining relationships among global entrepreneurial orientation, cognitive biases, heuristics and new value creation. Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference, June.

Book Projects

  • Craig, J.B., & Moores, K. The Science of Business, Elgar Publishing, Expected submission March 2021.
  • Craig, J.B. The Continuity Canvas, Wiley Publishing, Expected submission June 2021.