Francesco Chirico


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Francesco Chirico is a Professor of Strategy and Family Business at Macquarie Business School. 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, Mays Business School in the US. Founder and owner of ‘Francesco Chirico Consulting AB’ in Sweden from 2017 to 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 and value creation in organizations. Francesco Chirico's research has been published in international journals including, among others, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, 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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Research Outputs 2006 2020

Family versus Non-family Firm Franchisors: Behavioral and Performance Differences

Chirico, F., Welsh, D. H. B., Ireland, D. & Sieger, P., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Management Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Family firms
Hypothesis test
Resource-based theory

Starting a family business as a career option: The role of the family household in Mexico

Pittino, D., Chirico, F., Bau, M., Villasana, M., Naranjo-Priego, E. E. & Barron, E., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Family Business Strategy.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Family business

Coupling family business research with organization studies: interpretations, issues and insights

Salvato, C., Chirico, F., Melin, L. & Seidl, D., 1 Jun 2019, In : Organization Studies. 40, 6, p. 775-791 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Family business
Business organization
Organization studies
Family firms

Does increased generational involvement foster business growth? The moderating roles of family involvement in ownership and management

Pittino, D., Chirico, F., Henssen, B. & Broekaert, W., 25 Oct 2019, In : European Management Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Family involvement
Family firms
Business growth

Family firm density and likelihood of failure: An ecological perspective

Caccamo, M., Pittino, D. & Chirico, F., 2019, The Palgrave handbook of heterogeneity among family firms. Memili, E. & Dibrell, C. (eds.). Cham: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 821-846 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Family firms
Rural areas
Density dependence
Family business

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Editorial work

Special issue of organization studies (Journal)

Francesco Chirico (Member of editorial board), Carlo Salvato (Member of editorial board), Leif Melin (Member of editorial board), David Seidl (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work