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Francesco Chirico (Taranto, Apulia, Italy) is a Professor of Strategy and Family Business at Macquarie Business School. He is one of the founders and leaders of the Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship (ISE) research group and the Australasian Family Enterprise Research Network (AFERN) in Australia. Previously, he served the roles of Head of Discipline in Business Administration and co-Director of the Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO) at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS, Sweden). Before joining JIBS, he worked at Texas A&M University and Rice University n the US. Founder and owner of ‘Francesco Chirico Consulting AB’ in Sweden.

Prof. Chirico is in the top 1% of the most cited scientists in the world (Baas et al., 2021; Ioannidis et al., 2020), and was recently ranked Number 1 in Australia and in the Top 10 (8th place) worldwide among “The most influential and productive authors in the Family Firm research field in the last decade” (Aparicio, Ramosb, Casillasb & Iturralde, 2021). Also, he was ranked Number 1 in Australia, Europe & Asia and in the Top 10 (6th place) worldwide among “The most prominent researchers in entrepreneurial orientation” (Andrade-Valbuena, Merigo-Lindahl & Olavarrieta, 2019).

Francesco Chirico's teaching and research focus on the intersection of strategy and entrepreneurship with a special focus on family firms. His research work explores resource management processes and acquisition and divestiture strategies that affect the realization of competitive advantage, innovation and value creation in organizations. Francesco Chirico's research has been published in international journals including, among others, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies,  Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Small Business Economics, and Family Business Review. He serves on the editorial review board of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Family Business Review. He is a member of the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, International Family Enterprise Research Association, Family Enterprise Research Conference.


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