Massimo Baù

Senior Associate Professor
Director of CeFEO

Massimo Baù is Senior Associate Professor (Biträdande Professor) in Family Business and Ownership at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) in Sweden and Director of the Centre for Family Entrepreneurship and Ownership (CeFEO).

He joined JIBS and CeFEO in 2012.

In 2011 he obtain a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Udine (Italy) writing a thesis entitled "Family embeddeness and entrepreneurial entry" having as supervisors Cristiana Compagno (University of Udine) and Mattias Nordqvist (JIBS).

His research interests are related to the entrepreneurial process in three main research areas. First, family dynamics and influence of family members on the actor's decision of entry and exit into the entrepreneurial process. Second, academic entrepreneurship and factors enabling new venture start-up and technology transfer. Third, firm's growth paths through collaborative agreements and inter-firms networks. He explores these phenomena adopting a quantitative approach and often adopting Big Data analysis techiques using different dataset, including Statistics Sweden.

His contributions have been published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (2020external link, opens in new window; 2019external link, opens in new window; 2017external link, opens in new window), Long Range Planning (2019external link, opens in new window), Small Business Economics (2021external link, opens in new window; 2013external link, opens in new window), Journal of Business Ethics (2020external link, opens in new window), Strategic Organization (forthcomingexternal link, opens in new window), Entrepreneurship and Regional Development (forthcoming), Journal of Small Business Management (2014external link, opens in new window), and Journal of Family Business Strategy (2020aexternal link, opens in new window; 2020b). He is a member of the editorial review board of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Journal of Family Business Strategy. Moreover, he serves as editor for

His teaching activities are focused on Entrepreneurship, Family Business, Creativity, Design Thinking, and Research Methods. He is currently examiner of the Master courses of Family Business Development and Family Entrepreneurship, and in the executive education course of Family Business Managers, offered to family business owners, managers, and practitioners.

He has received the Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA) and the Certificate in Family Wealth Advising (CFWA) from the Family Firms Institute (FFI, Boston, MA). FFI is an international professional membership organization of over 1800 individuals and organizations across 88 countries, dedicated to providing interdisciplinary education and networking opportunities for family business and family wealth advisors, consultants, educators and researchers. Moreover, he is a Certified Trained Facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology, and Babson Fellow in Entrepreneurship Education.

From 2020, Massimo Baù is Co-Chair the EIASM Workshop on Family Business Management together with Kajsa Haag, and the Director of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy IFERA Summer School on Family Business Research Methods. Moreover, he served as Chair of the Family Business Strategic Interest Group at the European Academy of Management (EURAM) conference (2015-2018), and as Chair of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy IFERA Conference (2017).

More information my research and publications can be found here