Chair of Family-Owned Business

Holder: Marta Elvira

The Chair of Family-Owned Business is the first of its kind in Europe, and is aimed at promoting and supporting family business and business family initiatives. Since its creation in 1987, it has contributed with its research and publications to widening knowledge about different aspects of the family-owned business, at both national and international levels.

To distribute the results of its research, the Chair participates in numerous conferences, research meetings and other training activities. It organizes a regular specific cycle on family-owned businesses in the IESE Alumni Learning Program. The members of the team collaborate on diverse IESE Focused Programs, sharing their knowledge and research results at In Family Business, the Chair knowledge portal.

Research lines

  • Governance in family-owned businesses
  • Succession in these businesses
  • Interpersonal relationships in family-owned businesses
  • Ethics and corporate social responsibility
  • Sustainability of entrepreneurial initiative in family-owned businesses
  • Launching and financing new businesses
  • Growth management

Holder of the Chair

Marta Elvira is professor of Strategic Management & Managing People in Organizations at IESE, where she has served as associate dean for Research and PhD Program. She holds a PhD from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Before joining IESE she was Academic Dean in Lexington College (Chicago), associate professor of management in the University of California, Irvine, and INSEAD (France). She was also a visiting professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Monterrey TEC (Mexico). Her teaching and research focus on topics of general management, corporate governance, and leadership, with a particular emphasis on organizational incentives, social inequality, and the future of work. Marta has been a member of several journal editorial boards including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal and The Journal of World Business. She has lectured in numerous universities across continents, published three books and dozens of articles in scientific journals, edited three books, and received support for her research from institutions such as the Sloan Foundation and the European Commission Programme Marie Curie. She has advices companies in diverse sectors and countries including some Fortune 500 firms concerning issues of general management, leadership and organization.


Journal Articles (refereed)

RAMUS, T., VACCARO, A., BERRONE, P. (2020). Time matters! How hybrid organizations use time to respond to divergent stakeholder demands. Organization Studies. doi: (Online first)
MEULEMAN, M., WILSON, N., WRIGHT, M., NECKEBROUCK, J. (2020). When the going gets tough. Private equity firms' role as agents and the resolution of financial distress in buyouts. Journal of Small Business Management. doi: (Online first)
NECKEBROUCK, J., MEULEMAN, M., MANIGART, S. (2018). Governance Implications of Attracting External Equity Investors In Private Family Firms. Academy of Management Perspectives. doi: (Online first)
DÁVILA, A., RODRÍGUEZ-LLUESMA, C., ELVIRA, M. (2018). Engaging stakeholders in emerging economies. The Case of multilatinas. Journal of Business Ethics, 152 (4), 949 - 964. doi:
NECKEBROUCK, J., SCHULZE, W., ZELLWEGER, T. (2018). Are family firms good employers? Academy of Management Journal, 61 (2), 553 - 585. doi:
NECKEBROUCK, J., MANIGART, S., MEULEMAN, M. (2017). Attitudes of family firms toward outside investors. The Importance of organizational identification. Venture Capital, 19 (1-2), 29 - 50. doi:
DÁVILA, A., RODRÍGUEZ-LLUESMA, C., ELVIRA, M. (2013). Global leadership, citizenship and stakeholder management. Organizational Dynamics, 42 (3), 183 - 190. doi:
TÀPIES, J., FERNÁNDEZ-MOYA, M. (2012). Values and Longevity in Family Business. Evidence From a Cross-Cultural Analysis. Journal of Family Business Management, 2 (2), 130 - 146. doi:10.1108/20436231211261871.
TÀPIES, J. (2011). Empresa familiar: Un enfoque multidisciplinar. Universia Business Review (32), 12 - 25.
DÁVILA, A., ELVIRA, M. (2010). La evaluación del rendimiento en empresas intensivas en conocimiento. Un caso de estudio. Universia Business Review (27), 124 - 141.

Working Papers

BARBAT, J., CEJA, L., TÀPIES, J. (2013). Key Issues in Family Councils: Insights from the Spanish Experience (WP-1070-E). Barcelona: IESE.
CEJA, L., TÀPIES, J. (2011). A model of psychological ownership in next-generation members of family-owned firms: A qualitative study (DI-929-E).
TÀPIES, J., CEJA, L. (2011). Los protocolos familiares en países de habla hispana: Cómo son y para qué se utilizan (DI-931).
CEJA, L., TÀPIES, J. (2011). Corporate values guiding the world's largest family-owned businesses: A comparison with non-family firms (DI-916-E).
TÀPIES, J., FERNÁNDEZ, M. (2010). Values and longevity in family business: Evidence from a cross-cultural analysis (DI-866-E).


NEACSU, I., ELVIRA, M., RODRÍGUEZ-LLUESMA, C. (2018). Thriving at the top in the digital era. The impact of ICT on TMT agility. Annual Meeting Proceedings: Chicago 2018. Academy of Management Proceedings.
NECKEBROUCK, J., SCHULZE, W. (2018). How do private firms respond to performance feedback?. The Role of governance and self-enhancement. Annual Meeting Proceedings: Chicago 2018. Academy of Management Proceedings.
NECKEBROUCK, J., MANIGART, S., MEULEMAN, M. (2016). Working for divergent principals. Effects of private equity on employment practices in family firms. Academy of Management Proceedings.

Articles in other publications

CANALS, J., CASSIMAN, B., ELVIRA, M., SIEBER, S., RAES, A. (2018). Cómo la IA cambiará (o no) tu modo de dirigir. Inteligencia artificial. IESE Insight (38), pp. 47 - 54.
CANALS, J., CASSIMAN, B., ELVIRA, M., SIEBER, S., RAES, A. (2018). How AI Will - and Won't - Change the Way You Manage. Artificial Intelligence. IESE Insight (38), pp. 47 - 54.


TÀPIES, J. (2018). Empresa Familiar: 30 años de preguntas con respuesta. Barcelona: IESE.
TÀPIES, J., SAN ROMÁN, E., GIL, Á. (2016). 100 Families that Changed the World. Family Businesses and Industrialization. Barcelona: Fundación Jesús Serra.
GALLO, M. Á., GÓMEZ, G. (2015). Evolución y desarrollo de la empresa y de la familia. Barañáin: EUNSA. Ediciones Universidad de Navarra.
TÀPIES, J., SAN ROMÁN, E., GIL, Á. (2014). 100 familias que cambiaron el mundo. Las empresas familiares y la industrialización. Barcelona: Fundación Jesús Serra.
TÀPIES, J., CANALS, C. M. (2013). Sí, quiero. El compromiso de la familia empresaria. Aspectos clave para el fundador, los sucesores y la familia. Barcelona: Libros de Cabecera.

Edited books

TÀPIES, J. (2011). Familia empresaria. Argentina: LID Editorial Empresarial.
TÀPIES, J., WARD, J. L. (2008). Family Values and Value Creation. The Fostering of Enduring Values Within Family-Owned Businesses. Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.
GALLO, M. Á. (2004). La sucesión en la empresa familiar. Barcelona: Estudios y Ediciones IESE.
GALLO, M. Á. (1999). Empresa Familiar 6. Barcelona: Estudios y Ediciones IESE.
GALLO, M. Á. (1996). Empresa Familiar 5. Barcelona: Estudios y Ediciones IESE.


ELVIRA, M., VISINTIN, S. (2019). Índice de Dinamismo Laboral Meta4 IDL, Mayo de 2019. 10ª edición. IESE.
PUEYO, R., TÀPIES, J., ANITUA, J., GOENAGA, P. (2017). La sucesión del primer ejecutivo en la empresa familiar.
TÀPIES, J., MARCHAL, M. (2017). El papel de la mujer en los consejos de administración de las empresas cotizadas españolas. IESE.
TÀPIES, J., VILANOVA, N. (2016). Los valores y la comunicación en la empresa familiar.
RUSSELL REYNOLDS ASSOCIATES,, TÀPIES, J. (2015). Prácticas de gobierno corporativo en la empresa familiar en Europa.


SASTRE BOQUET, I., CALLEJA, L. M., ELVIRA, M. (2016). UFINET Telecom S. A.: alineando la dirección general con la propiedad (A). IESE, SM-1640.
SASTRE BOQUET, I., CALLEJA, L. M., ELVIRA, M. (2016). UFINET Telecom S. A.: Aligning General Management With Owners (A). IESE, SM-1640-E.
ROSÉS, M., CHINER, A., TÀPIES, J. (2016). Roqueta origen (A): sucesión con raíces. IESE, SM-1628.
ROSÉS, M., CHINER, A., TÀPIES, J. (2016). Roqueta origen (B): sucesión con raíces. IESE, SM-1629.
ROSÉS, M., CHINER, A., TÀPIES, J. (2016). Roqueta Origen (A): Succession With Roots. IESE, SM-1628-E.

Technical Notes

TÀPIES, J., CEJA, L. (2015). A Guide to Reflecting on Your Entrance Into the Family Enterprise. IESE, SMN-691-E.
CEJA, L., TÀPIES, J. (2015). La función y las responsabilidades del Consejo de Administración en la empresa familiar. IESE, SMN-693.
TÀPIES, J., CEJA, L. (2015). Guía para reflexionar sobre la entrada en la empresa familiar. IESE, SMN-691.
CEJA, L., TÀPIES, J. (2015). Function and Responsibilities of the Board of Directors in the Family Enterprise. IESE, SMN-693-E.
CEJA, L., TÀPIES, J. (2014). Reaching Effective and Healthy Family Meetings: Some Reflections. IESE, SMN-690-E.