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Alfredo De Massis

Professor in Entrepreneurship and Family Business, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, IMD and, Lancaster University

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, Alfredo 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, Alfredo 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. Alfredo’s research has been cited over 10,000 times, and 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.


  • –present
    Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Lancaster University Management School, IMD