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Research interests

My current research interests focus on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in family businesses. In the area of entrepreneurship, I am primarily interested in entrepreneurial exits and successions in the context of family firms. In relation to innovation, I am particularly interested in disruptive innovations and seek to understand how incumbent family firms react to those fundamental changes in the industry. Next to entrepreneurship and innovation I am also interested in CSR of family firms. Specifically, I explore how family and non-family firms legitimise themselves on moral grounds through their communication to stakeholders and how this effects their CSR activities. 

Education/Academic qualification

Family Firms, Doctor of Business Administration, University of St. Gallen

Award Date: 4 Apr 2015


  • Family Firms
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation

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Research Output

Listening to the Heart or the Head? Exploring the “Willingness Versus Ability” Succession Dilemma

Richards, M., Kammerlander, N. & Zellweger, T., 12 Mar 2019, In : Family Business Review. p. 1-24 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
6 Citations (Scopus)

Why do incumbents respond heterogeneously to disruptive innovations? The interplay of domain identity and role identity.

Kammerlander, N., Koenig, A. & Richards, M., 1 Nov 2018, In : Journal of management studies. 55, 7, p. 1122-1165 44 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
8 Citations (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

Maintaining Moral Legitimacy through Worlds and Words: An Explanation of Firms' Investment in Sustainability Certification

Richards, M., Zellweger, T. & Gond, J-P., 1 Jul 2017, In : Journal of management studies. 54, 5, p. 676-710 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
16 Citations (Scopus)
55 Downloads (Pure)

Family Business Philanthropy: Creating lasting impact through values and legacy

Richards, M., Zellweger, T. & Englisch, P., 7 Jul 2016, Ernst and Young. 56 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Open Access

How Much Am I Expected to Pay for My Parents’ Firm? An Institutional Logics Perspective on Family Discounts

Zellweger, T., Richards, M., Sieger, P. & Patel, P., 1 Sep 2016, In : Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice. 40, 5, p. 1041-1069 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
15 Citations (Scopus)
55 Downloads (Pure)