Dr. Justin Craig has worked in, on with and for family enterprises since he was eleven. In addition to positions at Bond University, where he is a Full Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, he has held faculty positions at Oregon State University, Northeastern University in Boston, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (where he holds a Visiting Professorship). He completed undergraduate degrees in Business and Psychology (with Honors) at Griffith University and a Master’s in Counselling and a PhD in Behavioural Science at Bond University. He has Co-Directed the Australian Centre for Family Business at Bond University (with Professor Ken Moores) and the Centre for Family Enterprises at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (with Professor John Ward).
Dr. Craig has authored 49 peer-reviewed academic publications, numerous book chapters and teaching cases, and has co-edited several books, all aimed at better understanding the challenges of entrepreneurial business-owning families across the globe.
His 2017 book (with Ken Moores) Leading a Family Business: Best Practices for Long Term Stewardship (Praegar Publishing) considers the differences between leadership in family enterprises and non-family enterprises; the entrepreneurial capabilities needed by executives in family-based firms; and the use of power, identification, and motivation in managing their responsibilities both at home and in the workplace. The book details two frameworks to better understand the best practices of leading a family business: a firm-level frame focused on these four critical areas of difference (architecture, governance, entrepreneurship, and stewardship) and an individual one that mirrors these in terms of the skill set and mindset successful leaders need to develop.
Dr. Craig works closely with family business leaders, their consultants, and advisors, and trains and presents to members of enterprising families from most sectors and countries worldwide.
My research focuses on the strategy, function, management, and performance of multi-generational entrepreneurial family enterprises and those who lead and steward them. I have authored 49 peer-reviewed academic publications, numerous book chapters and teaching cases, and I have co-edited several books, all aimed at better understanding the challenges of entrepreneurs and business-owning families across the globe.