Small firm research

My topical work centers on innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability issues in the context of family businesses, new ventures, and otherwise privately-held SMEs. My interest in smaller firms arose from a curiosity about how seemingly disadvantaged players can remain competitive through cycles of technological and societal change, mixed with an inborn tendency to side with the ‘underdog’ in competitive settings.

Published work

When can families fill voids? Firms’ reliance on formal and informal institutions in R&D decisions. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 45(2), 2021, pp. 291-318. With Emanuela Rondi (University of Bergamo).

Expansionary investment activities: Assessing equipment and buildings in productivity. In Parmeter, C. and Sickles, R. (ed.), Advances in Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, 2020, pp. 303-Cham (CH): Springer. With Andrea Chegut (MIT) and Wilko Letterie (Maastricht University).

Family business or business family? Organizational identity elasticity and strategic responses to industry disruption. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 2020, doi: 10.1016/j.jfbs.2020.100360. With Emanuela Rondi (University of Bergamo), Carlotta Benedetti (Politecnico Milano) and Unai Arzubiaga (University of the Basque Country).

Energy performance and capital expenditures in manufacturing industries. Energy Efficiency, 12, 2019, pp. 2011-2038. With Andrea Chegut (MIT) and Wilko Letterie (Maastricht University).                

Broad search, deep search, and the absorptive capacity performance of family and nonfamily firm R&D. Family Business Review, 31(3), 2018, pp. 295-317.

Family influence and R&D spending in Dutch manufacturing SMEs: The role of identity and socioemotional decision considerations. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 35(4), 2018, pp. 588-608. With Yannick Bammens (Maastricht University).

Collaborative NPD: A mixed-method approach to partner selection in family and nonfamily SMEs. In Guclu, A. (ed.), Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 2017. With Anita Van Gils (Maastricht University) and Martin Carree (Maastricht University).

Open innovation: A literature review and recommendations for family business research. In Kellermanns, F. and Hoy, F. (ed.), Routledge Companion to Family Business, 2017, pp. 241-266. New York: Routledge. With Anita Van Gils (Maastricht University), Yannick Bammens (Maastricht University) and Martin Carree (Maastricht University).

Work in progress

  • “Family firms’ propensity towards NPD collaboration” – With Anita Van Gils (Maastricht University) and Martin Carree (Maastricht University).
  • “The signaling value of new venture performance in the family firm succession process” – With Alfredo De Massis (Free University of Bolzano), Philipp Sieger (University of Bern), Johan Karlsson (Jönköping International Business School) and Massimo Baù (Jönköping International Business School)
  • “Small firms’ greening strategies and the institutional environment” – With Yannick Bammens (Maastricht University).
  • “Stakeholder orientations and sustainability strategies in family firms” – With Emanuela Rondi (University of Bergamo)
  • “What sets the price of an entrepreneur’s vision?” – With Sylvia Hübner (Free University of Bolzano) and Michele Pinelli (Ca Foscari University of Venice)