» IPAG Entrepreneurship and Family Business Center


Prof. Adnane Maalaoui


Prof. Andrea Calabrò


The IPAG Entrepreneurship and Family Business Center is a center of excellence in research, teaching and skills transfer for entrepreneurship and family businesses. The center’s mission is to educate future generations, generate research and generate knowledge to contribute to the understanding of the entrepreneurial concept and the growth/prosperity of family businesses.

The center actively supports rigorous and excellent scientific research in the field of entrepreneurship and family business. The multidisciplinary and multicultural research team produces international quality research on a variety of topics related to entrepreneurship, leadership, management and governance of small, medium and large family businesses around the world. The research is published through scientific articles, study reports, case studies, training programs and national and international conferences.

Academic excellence is central but without neglecting practical relevance. The IPAG Entrepreneurship and Family Business Center engages family business owners, managers, entrepreneurs and professionals in a continuous exchange and in a protected environment to discuss and learn from each other in relation to the latest and most relevant research knowledge. Also, and in this sense, IPAG Business School offers an ecosystem dedicated to entrepreneurship and Family Business open to design Thinking, innovation, creativity, and multi-skilling as a source of new skills.

To this aim, the incubator 1to9 Factory by IPAG Business School is offered free of charge to student project leaders, but also to graduates. A new location as well as a new program of individual and collective support allow us to better meet the expectations of our future entrepreneurs on our two campuses in Paris and Nice. The national status of student-entrepreneur has been created and is offered to our students through the “PEPITE” program.

The master’s program, renamed “Entrepreneurship and Project Management”, allows students to develop 360° skills that will enable them to take on strategic functions in the company. New programs come to consolidate our pedagogical models and will allow us to widen our training offer. In addition, our pedagogy is exclusively oriented towards practice via Learning-by-doing by integrating in our courses the “weekend challenge”, “Marathon Pitch”, Strategic Company Audit, theater courses, Master Class and Hackaton.

We have also created the EDIP chair “Entrepreneurship, Digital Innovation and Performance”, which aims to set up research focused on issues in the field of entrepreneurship, family business, digital innovation and SME performance. The EDIP chair develops European projects on the entrepreneurship issues of disadvantaged groups, in particular prisoners, senior citizens, people with disabilities etc., and how entrepreneurship can help these groups achieve social and economic inclusion. The chair is also interested in the performance issues of SMEs and the impact of digital innovation on their processes. Finally, the EDIP Chair proposes to understand at the macroeconomic level the stakes and impact of entrepreneurship on public policies in OECD countries.

The organization of conferences as well as participation in European projects will help to establish the reputation of the IPAG Business School’s “Entrepreneurship and Family business” and thus promote the rapid integration of our students into national and international companies.

In conclusion, never forget that your time is limited, so don’t waste it living a life that would not be yours. Don’t let yourself be trapped in dogma, don’t let other people’s ideas direct your life. Don’t let the screams of others cover your inner voice.

And above all: “Have the courage to follow your heart, have the courage to follow your intuition”. At IPAG Entrepreneurship and Family Business center we are:

  • Humans
  • Creative
  • Social
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Innovative
  • Out of the box
  • And supportive!


The Team

Andrea Calabrò

Professor of Family Business and Entrepreneurship


Vincent Dutot

Professor of Information Systems


Rony Germon

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship


Adnane Maalaoui

Professor of Entrepreneurship


Issam Mejri

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship


Julia Vincent-Ponroy

Associate Professor pf Management of Information Systems


Main activities

  • Scientific research on entrepreneurship, family business, SMEs and digital innovation
  • The 1to9 Factory, by IPAG Business School: supporting students and alumni in their business project
  • CEFAIRE: A project coordinated by IPAG seeking to help adult victims of domestic violence become emancipated through entrepreneurship.
  • Head of the Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Project Management
  • Organization of congresses and conferences
  • Implementation and management of European projects

Publications and academic recognition


A. Calabro, J.-P. Ahrens, M. Woywode, J. Huybrechts, « An Intergeneration Solidarity Perspective on Succession Intentions in Family Firms », Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, vol. , pp., 2020.

A. Calabro, D. Gimenez and D. Urbano, « The Neglected Role of Formal and Informal Institutions in Women’s Entrepreneurship: A Multi-level Analysis », Journal of International Entrepreneurship (JIEN), 2020. (publication en ligne january 2020)

A. Calabro, A.S. Loehde, M. Torchia, « Understanding the Main Drivers of Family Firm Longevity: The Role of Business Family Learning », International Studies of Management and Organization (ISMO), 2020.

A. Calabro, A. Kallmünzer, A. Mauracher, J. Gast, S. Kraus, « Internationalization of family firms: The role of networks and coopetition », European Journal of International Management, pp. 1-26, 2020.

A. Calabro, M. Cameran, D. Campa, A. Pettinicchio, « Financial Reporting in Family Firms: A Socioemotional Wealth Approach toward Information Quality », Journal of Small Business Management (JSBM), 2020.

A. Calabro, D. Jimenez, S. Kraus, M. Torchia, « The Role of Human Capital on Family Firm Innovativeness: The Strategic Leadership Role of Family Board Members », International Entrepreneurship & Management Journal (IEMJ), 2020.

A. Calabro, A-S. Loehde, S. Kraus, M. Torchia, « Joint (Ad)Ventures – Family firms’ entry mode choices for emerging markets, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 2020.

A. Calabro, G. Campopiano, R. Basco, « The ‘Most Wanted’: The Role of Family Strategic Resources and Family Involvement in CEO Succession Intention », Family Business Review, 2020.

A. Calabro, S. Candli, P. Galbadon, M. Torchia, « Effects of Task conflict on board task performancez in family firms: the importance of board openness », Journal of Family Business Strategy, vol. , 2020.

A. Calabro, Loehde, Campopiano, « Beyond agency and stewardship theory: Shareholder-manager relationships and governance structures in family firms », Management Decision, vol. , 2020.

A. Calabro, « International Expansion of Family Firms in the Arab World », Revue de l’Entrepreneuriat, vol. , 2020.

A. Calabro, D. Gimenez, L. Edelman, A. Dawson, « Women Entrepreneurs’ Progress in the Venturing Process: The Impact of Risk Aversion and Culture », Small Business Economics, 2020.

B. Gaies, A. Maalaoui, L. Dana, « Do self-employment determinants have a gender at the macro level? A cross-national panel analysis of OECD countries », International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2020.

V. Dutot, « A social identity perspective of social media’s impact on satisfaction with life », Psychology and Marketing, vol. 37 (6), pp. 759-772, 2020.

R. Lissillour, J. Rodriguez, « A strategic alignment to leverage the role of Corporate university: A qualitative case study of Chinese high-technology company ZTE », Gestion 2000, 2020.

A. Kozan, S. Touboul, « You Cannot Hide Forever Luke : Understanding the Strategic Use of Sustainability Disclosure in the Short and Long Term », Management, vol. 23 (1), pp. 19-37, 2020.

A. Maalaoui, S. Le Loarne, M. Razgallah, « Does Knowledge Management Explain the Poor Growth of Social Enterprises? A Systematic Literature Review », Journal of Knowledge Management, vol. 4 (7), pp. 1513-1532, 2020.

A. Maalaoui, T. Niemand, J.P. Coen Rigtering, A. Kallmünzer, S. Kraus, « Digitalization in the financial industry: A contingency approach of entrepreneurial orientation and strategic vision on digitalization », European Management Journal, 2020.

A. Maalaoui, N. Kailer, S. Kraus, W. Czakon, P. Klimas, « Entrepreneurial failure: A synthesis and conceptual framework », European Management Review, 2020.

A. Maalaoui, V. Ratten, S. Heilbrunn, S. Kraus, M. Brannback, « Disadvantage Entrepreneurship: Decoding a new area of research, European Management Review, 2020.

A. Maalaoui, R. Germon, S. Leloarne, M. Razgallah, « The role of sexual orientation in entrepreneurial intention: the case of Parisian LGB », Journal of Organizational Change Management, 2020.

A. Maalaoui, R. Germon, N. Omrani, C. Perez, G. Bertrand, « Geographic dimension, information asymetry, and the success of crowdfunding campaigns », International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2020. (en ligne depuis may 2019, parution en 2021)

A. Maalaoui, S. Leloarne, J. Partiouche, M. Razgallah, « Antecedents of well-being for artisan entrepreneurship: a first exploratory study », International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Small Business, 2020. (en ligne depuis 2019)

A. Maalaoui, E. Tornikoski, J. Partouche, I. Safraou, « Why Some Third Age Individuals Develop Entrepreneurial Intentions: Exploring the Psychological Effects of Posterity », Journal of Small Business Management (JSBM), vol. 58 (3), 2020.

A. Maalaoui, B. Gaies, « “Knocked up” and Entrepreneurship: possible or not possible? Exploring Parenthood dimension », Revue de l’entrepreneuriat, vol. , 2020.


  • Best Paper Award, Global entrepreneurship conference, Université de Salerne, 4-5 octobre 2018.

Article : Le rôle de l’entreprise dans le développement durable Effet de la tendance au rajeunissement sur l’intention entrepreneuriale chez les personnes âgées, Adnane Maalaoui, Imen Safraou et Judith Partouche.


Le papier : Les personnes âgées et l’intention d’entreprendre : Exploration de l’effet modérateur de la postérité, Adnane Maalaoui, Erno Tornikoski, Imen Safraou et Judith Partouche

  • Best Paper Award at the US Academy of Management, August, 2018, US

Gimenez Jimenez, D. A., Calabrò, A., Edelman, L. F., Minola, T., & Cassia, L. (2018). The impact of affective commitment and in-group-collectivism on daughters’ succession intentions. Academy of Management Proceedings, 1, 17353.

  • Family Firm Institute Best Qualitative Paper Award at the European Academy of Management (EURAM), June, 2018, Iceland

Vincent-Ponroy, J., Le, P.L., & Pradies, C. (2018). Advancing family business research through organizational identity: a multilevel model of Family Firm Identity construction by non-family members”.

  • Emerald Literati Award 2018 to Prof. Andrea Calabrò for an article published in Journal of Family Business Management

Calabrò, Campopiano, Basco, (2017) “Principal-principal conflicts and family firm growth: The moderating role of business family identity”, Journal of Family Business Management, Vol. 7 Issue: 3, pp.291-308

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