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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 affects 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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