Chair of Family-Owned Business

Holder: Josep Tàpies

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

Josep Tàpies is a professor of Strategic Management. He holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He is on the Board of Directors of several Spanish companies, is a fellow of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy, and is a member of the Board of the Spanish Association of Family-Owned Business Consultants (CAEF). He has published numerous books about family business, including Family Values and Value Creation, together with professor John L. Ward.



Journal Articles (refereed)

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.
GALLO, M. Á., TÀPIES, J., CAPPUYNS, K. (2004). Comparison of family and nonfamily business. Financial logic and personal preferences. Family Business Review, 17 (4), 303 - 318. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6248.2004.00020.x.
GALLO, M. Á. (2004). The family business and its social responsibilities. Family Business Review, 17 (2), 135 - 149. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6248.2004.00009.x.
GALLO, M. Á., GARCÍA PONT, C. (1996). Important factors in family business internationalization. Family Business Review, 9 (1), 45 - 59. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6248.1996.00045.x.
GALLO, M. Á. (1995). The role of family business and its distinctive characteristic behavior in industrial activity. Family Business Review, 8 (2), 83 - 97. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6248.1995.00083.x.
GALLO, M. Á., SVEEN J. (1991). Internationalizing the Family Business. Facilitating and restraining factors. Family Business Review, 4 (2), 181 - 190. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6248.1991.00181.x.

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).


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.


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.
RUSSELL REYNOLDS ASSOCIATES,, TÀPIES, J. (2014). Survey of Corporate Governance Practices In European Family Businesses.


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.
ROSÉS, M., CHINER, A., TÀPIES, J. (2016). Roqueta Origen (B): Succession With Roots. IESE, SM-1629-E.
DÍAZ CAICOYA, G., TÀPIES, J. (2015). SEIMA, S.A: Management and Governance of a Family Business. IESE, SM-1623-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.