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IfM Research Fellow Network

The internationally oriented IfM Research Fellow Network offers its members a platform for regular exchange on current research topics, the opportunity for guest residencies and research collaborations. The institute also provides access to scientific data.

Prof. Alfredo De Massis

Freie Universität Bozen - Faculty of Economics

Research areas

  • Succession and generational transitions
  • Innovation through tradition
  • Strategic decision-making in family enterprises
  • Digital transformation
  • Family business and innovation policy
  • Alliances and open innovation of SMEs
  • Next generation and millennials
  • History-informed strategy in family enterprises


Alfredo De Massis is a Professor of Entrepreneurship & Family Business who serves as advisor to family enterprises and policy makers. As one of the leading family business academics globally, Prof. De Massis has founded and/or relaunched three international centers for family business research, was named by Family Capital among the world’s 25 star professors for family business in 2015, and has been recently ranked as the top most-productive scholar in the area of family business innovation in a recent bibliometric study published on the Review of Managerial Science. Among various editorial roles, Prof. De Massis is Editor of the influential journal Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice in the Financial Times rank of top 50 journals, is Associate Editor of Family Business Review, and serves on the boards of public and private organizations internationally, including in Italy, China, the US, Germany, and the UK.

Prof. De Massis’ research has advanced understanding of how family business leaders balance economic and non-economic goals in strategic decision making, including complex digital transformation decisions undertaken by family enterprises and the way they manage the trade-offs between tradition and innovation. His research has been published widely in leading academic and professional journals including AMJ, SMJ, JOM, JMS, JBV, ETP, RP, JPIM, AMP, FBR, JBE, CMR, AMLE, JFBS and has been featured in various media outlets including Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, CNBC, The Sun, Daily Mirror, The Independent, Il Sole24Ore, Porta a Porta (RAI 1).

His research has also been published by the European Commission as scientific and technical report and has been presented to the UK Government and UK Parliament. Known for his ability to bridge disciplines, including history, psychology and management, Prof. De Massis has guest-edited more than 20 special issues of leading academic journals on general management. He is a recipient of several academic honors and awards and received various research grants from public funding bodies and private organizations. Pro. De Massis has served as keynote speaker in the leading family business conferences and has been invited for visiting scholar positions and other speaking engagements in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the USA, and Venezuela.