Decision-making issues in entrepreneurial and family firms

Decision-making issues in entrepreneurial and family firms

Prof. G. Colombo, Prof. Daniela Montemerlo


The course presents the state of art and perspectives in family business and entrepreneurship studies,  discussing most relevant decision-making issues for family firms’ main actors and for scholars with an interdisciplinary and interactive approach. Students will discuss reference papers and will be asked to prepare reviews on specific topics to be presented in class.


  • Entrepreneurship and Family Business: two interconnected fields
  • The strategy process in family business literature
  • Managerialization & succession in family business literature
  • Corporate governance structures and mechanisms: the variety of theories
  • Family governance structures and mechanisms: research on SMES versus large family firms
  • Family dynamics and their impact on the business: the variety of theories
  • Entrepreneurship and corporate entrepreneurship; common ground but different features
  • Evidence-based corporate entrepreneurship: a metrics and a methodology
  • Corporate entrepreneurship in family firms: balancing tradition and innovation
  • From family business to enterprising families: broadening the research scope on corporate entrepreneurship in family firms


Reference materials

Will be indicated later