Family Firms


The interdisciplinary research group “Family Firms” of the University of Mannheim is dedicated to independent family firm research since over 30 years. We are internationally visible experts from the areas Organization, Soziology, Psychology, Information Systems and Entrepreneurship. We bring in our expertise in international academic research, in research projects on EU-, country, or state level, as well as in academic teaching and knowledge transfer events for family entrepreneurs and practitioners.

Our interdisciplinary, behavioristic, and theoretical focus is inspired by the ideas of the Carnegie School (Simon, Cyert, March) and we cultivate corresponding academic exchange within SCANCOR at the universities Stanford and Harvard. Between 2010–2020 members of the research group published in leading international academic outlets, such as Administrative Science Quarterly (VHB: A+), Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (VHB: A), Journal of Business Venturing (VHB: A), and the Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems (VHB: A). Within the same timeframe, the research group received more than 15 best paper awards and organized international research conferences with the support of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Results of our research were mentioned in formats like Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Spiegelonline, or Deutschlandfunk.

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