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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

Applications are currently being finalised for candidates exploring:

  • Social Entrepreneurship as a Vehicle for Civic Wealth Creation
  • The Role of Direct Selling as a Transformative Business Model
  • Learning from Rare Events: Examining Succession in Business-Owning Families
  • 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

Notable recent publications

  • Barrett, M., and Moores K.., (2020, forthcoming).
    • The what and how of family business paradox: Literature inspired distillations and directions International Small Business Journal (Special Issue Navigation of the Paradoxical Landscape of the family Firm).
  • Barrett, M., and Moores K.., (2020, forthcoming).
    • Diversity on family firm boards: A research agenda 2020-2030. In Calabro, Andrea (Eds) A Research Agenda for Family Business. A way ahead for the field (Edward Elgar).
  • Craig, J. B. & Bowman, G. (2020, Forthcoming) Kemin Industries:
    • A sustainable future in focus. Sustainable Family Businesses Best Practice, Eds: Sharma and Sharma, Elgar Publishing.
  • Moores, K., Parris, D., Newbert, S., & Craig, J. B. (2019).
    • All the same but different: Understanding family enterprise heterogeneity. In Palgrave Handbook of Family Enterprise Heterogeneity, Editors: Esra Memili and Clay Dibrell, Palgrave Macmillan Publishing, 557-588.
  • Diaz, V., Clinton, E., Kammerlander, N., Lumpkin, G. T., & Craig, J. B. (2019)
  • Craig, J. B., Lumpkin, T., & Meyer, M. (2018).
    • Innovation Advantages of Family Firms: Navigating the trilemma of challenges. In D'Allura, G.M. et al, Family Firms and Institutional Contexts: business models, innovation and competitive advantage (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019, Forthcoming)
  • 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.