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Family, Firms and Institutional Context: 

Analyzing the role of the context in the development of the family unit for Family Business Research

at University of Catania, Italy

February, 02-04, 2016




Giorgia M. D’Allura

Rosario Faraci

Department of Business and Economics, University of Catania, Italy 

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Bios of RDW Chairs


Giorgia M. D'Allura is Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Management at the University of Catania (Italy) where she also got her PhD. She was Visiting Scholar at the Warrigton College of Business Administration- University of Florida (USA). Her research interests are in the areas of top management team and innovation in family business, institutions and entrepreneurship, business ethics, firm competitiveness, service management and customer relationship. Her most recent papers and book chapters reflect some of these research interest.

Rosario Faraci is Professor of Business Economics and Management at the University of Catania (Italy) where he serves also as President of the Undergraduate Programme in Business Administration and Delegate of the Rector for the Technology Transfer. He was Visiting Professor of Strategic Management and Organizational Behavior at the University of Florida (USA). Professor Faraci is Friend of the Strategic Management Society and he has co-organized the XXX Annual Convention in Rome (2010). His research interests are in the areas of family business, entrepreneurship, corporate governance, firm competitiveness and business modeling. Professor Faraci is Co-Editor of the Journal of Management and Governance. He is President of the Center for Study in Family Business, located in Catania.

Workshop Facilitators



Andrea Colli

Bocconi University

Amir Erez

University of Florida

Facilitator bios:


Andrea Colli, PhD in Economic and Social History (Bocconi University, Milan) and Professor of Economic History at the Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management, Bocconi University, Milan.

His research interests range from the history of Italian business enterprises, to small and medium-sized enterprises, to the role played by foreign direct investments in the course of the Italian industrialization process.

He has published several articles in the main business history journals. He is associate review editor of Family Business Review since October 2012. His most recent books reflect some of these research interest. With Michelangelo Vasta he has edited and published, in 2010, Forms of Enterprises in 20th Century Italy. Boundaries, Structures and Strategies, Elgar. With Abe de Jong and Martin Iversen, Mapping the European Corporations: Strategies, Structures, Ownership and Performance, Routledge 2011 and with Franco Amatori has written Business History: Complexities and Comparisons, Routledge 2011.

Dr. Amir Erez is the Huber Hurst Professor of Management at the Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida. Dr. Erez earned his Ph.D. and M. S. at the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University. 

His research focuses on how positive moods and positive personality, influence individuals thought processes, motivation, and work behaviors. Dr. Erez also investigates how negative work behaviors such as rudeness and disrespect affect individuals’ performance and cognition.   He has published his research in scholarly journals including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Personality and Individual Differences, Human Performance, and Journal of Organizational Behavior. 

He served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Business and Psychology, Human Resource Management, and Motivation and Emotion.


RDW Committee

Sanjay Goel - University of Minnesota Duluth
Rosario Faraci - University of Catania
Giorgia M. D'Allura - University of Catania 
Gonzalo Gomez Betancourt - INALDE Business School, Universidad de la Sabana
Ranjan Karri - University of Illinois
Ramona K. Zachary  - Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College
Donella Casperz - The University of Western Australia
Justin B. Craig - Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University
Jean Luc Arregle - EM Lyon Business SchoolNadine Kammerlander - University of St. Gallen
Reinhard Pruegl - Zeppelin University
Julia Süss-Reyes - WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
Salvatore Tomaselli- University of Palermo