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Full Professor
Department of Management and Technology

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Courses a.y. 2017/2018


Courses previous a.y.

Biographical note

Born May 4th, 1959. Degree in Business Administration from Università Bocconi. International Teachers Programme at the HEC-ISA of Jouy en Josas (1985). PhD in Management from Università Bocconi (1991). ISP, Loyola University of Chicago (USA), 1999.

Academic CV

Full Professor of Strategic Management and AIdAF - EY Professor of Strategic Management  in Family Business. Senior faculty member of the SDA Bocconi Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management Department. Member of the editorial committee of Journal of Management Studies and the research applied board of Family Business Review. Fellow of IFERA (International Family Enterprise Research Academy) and CRIOS (Center of Research on Innovation, Organization and Strategy)

Research areas

Corporate strategy. Family businesses and medium size companies. Companies in the fashion and design based sectors. 

Selected publications

"An Institution-based View of Large Family Firms: A Recap and Overview" (with M. W. Peng, C. Vlas, W. Sun, A. Minichilli), Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 2017


"Institutional Logics, Family Firm Governance and Performance" (con A. Minichilli, D. Miller, I. Le Breton-Miller, M. Amore), Journal of Business Venturing, conditionally accepted, 2017


"Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructures and Business Development. Principles, Practices, and Perspectives" (with S. Caselli, V. Vecchi), Palgrave Mac Millan, 2015. 


“CEO Succession Mechanisms, Organizational Context, and Performance: A Socio-Emotional Wealth Perspective on Family Controlled Firms” (with A. Minichilli, M. Amore e M. Nordqvist), Journal of Management Studies, November 2014, pp. 1153-1179.


“When do Non-Family CEOs Outperform in Family Firms ?” (with D. Miller, I. Le Breton-Miller, A. Minichilli, D. Pittino), Agency, and Behavioral Agency Perspective, Journal of Management Studies, June, 2014, pp. 547-572.


"Strategic Content and Process in Family Business" (with C. Salvato), (ed.) L. Melin, M. Nordqvist, P. Sharma, The Sage Handbook of Family Business Studies, Sage Publications, 2014, pp. 295-320.


“Preserving Socioemotional Wealth in Family Firms: Asset or Liability ? The Moderating Role of Social Context” (with L. Naldi, C. Cennamo, L. Gomex-Mejia), Entepreneurship Theory and Practice, November 2013, pp. 1341-1360.


“Transitional leadership of advisors as a facilitator of successors’ leadership construction” (with C. Salvato), Family Business Review, n. 3, 2013, pp. 235-255.


"The Determinants of Women’s Involvement in Top Management Teams: Opportunities or Obsacles from Family-Controlled Firms ?" (with D. Montemerlo e A. Minichilliin), (ed.) P. Poutziouris, K. Smyrnios, S. Klein Family Business Research Handbook, Elgar Publishing, 2013, pp. 301-322.


“Is family leadership always beneficial ?” (with D. Miller e A. Minichilli), Strategic Management Journal, vol. 33, 2013, pp. 553-571.


“Strategies for longevity in family firms. A European perspective” (with C. Salvato), Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, 2012.


"How do Managerial Successions Shape Corporate Financing Policies in Family Firms" (with A. Minichilli e M. Amore), Journal of Corporate Finance, volume 17, issue 4, September 2011, pp. 1016-1027; 


"Innovation and science and technology based entrepreneurship in Italy: structural problems and policy changes" (with A. Dawson), (ed) S. Mian Science and Technology Based Regional Entrepreneurschip: Global Experience in Policy and Program Development, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK, 2011, pp. 125-142;


"Mehr Meritokratie wagen", in N. Winkeljohann, Wirtschaft in Familienhand, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt, 2010, pp. 102-113;


"Top Management Teams in Family Controlled Companies: ‘Familiness’, ‘Faultlines’ and the Impact on Financial Performance" (with A. Minichilli e I.C. Macmillan), in Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 47, n. 2, 2010, pp. 205-222;


"Learning from Practice: How to Avoid Mistakes in Succession Processes", in J. Tapies, J.L.Ward, Family Values and Value Creation, Palgrave MacMillan, 2008, pp. 9-28;


"Self-serving or self-actualizing? Models of man and agency costs in different types of family firms" (with C. Salvato) in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, n. 4, 2004, pp. 355-362;



"Institutional Logics, Family Firm Governance and Performance" (con A. Minichilli, D. Miller, I. Le Breton-Miller, M. Amore), Journal of Business Venturing, conditionally accepted, 2017