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Francesco Barbera

Francesco Barbera

Associate Professor
DepartmentEntrepreneurship & Strategy
EducationBCom, MCom, PhD


Francesco Barbera is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at The Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. His teaching and research interests encompass a wide range of topics related to family business, entrepreneurship, small business management, and family business education. In 2014, he received his Ph.D. from Bond University while working at the Australian Centre for Family Business. Francesco is an international, award-winning author and educator and regularly presents at renowned conferences and workshops. His research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics, Family Business Review, Long Range Planning, Small Business Economics, and the Academy of Management Learning and Education journal. A former family entrepreneur himself, Francesco’s expertise in the family business field includes designing and delivering various family business curricula in Australia, Canada, and the USA, directing Family Business centers at both the University of Adelaide as well as Stetson University, a long-serving member on the Editorial Board of the Family Business Review, a faculty member for the Family Firm Institute’s GEN program, a Team Leader for Babson College’s Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) project across three global regions, as well as a regular and champion Head Coach at the annual global Family Enterprise Case Competition in Vermont.

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Family Business, Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management

Graves, C., Shi, H. X., & Barbera, F. (2022). Family-centred non-economic goals and the internationalisation of family firms: Evidence from Australia. International Business Review, 101974.

Michael-Tsabari, N., Barbera, F., & Henssen, B. (2021). "Tough Love" Characterizing Paternalistic Leadership: The Case of Family Firms, Love and Organization: Lessons of Love for Human Dignity, Leadership and Motivation, Michael Pirson, Ed., Routledge, in press.

Browne, M., Graves, C., & Barbera, F. (2021). Tahbilk: A fifth-generation Australian family wine businesses journey to sustainability. In Pioneering Family Firms’ Sustainable Development Strategies, Pramodita Sharma & Sanjay Sharma, Ed., Edward Elgar Publishing.

Barbera, F., Shi, H. X., Agarwal, A., & Edwards, M. (2020). The Family That Prays Together Stays Together: Toward a Process Model of Religious Value Transmission in Family Firms (external link, opens in new window) . Journal of Business Ethics, 163(4), 661-673.

 Shi, H. X., Graves, C., & Barbera, F. (2019). Intergenerational succession and internationalisation strategy of family SMEs: Evidence from China (external link, opens in new window) . Long range planning, 52(4), 101838.

 Barbera, F., Stamm, I., & DeWitt, R. L. (2018). The development of an entrepreneurial legacy: Exploring the role of anticipated futures in transgenerational entrepreneurship (external link, opens in new window) . Family Business Review, 31(3), 352-378.

 Barbera, F., Bernhard, F., Nacht, J., & McCann, G. (2015). The relevance of a whole-person learning approach to family business education: Concepts, evidence, and implications (external link, opens in new window) . Academy of Management Learning & Education, 14(3), 322-346.

 Barbera, F., & Hasso, T. (2013). Do we need to use an accountant? The sales growth and survival benefits to family SMEs (external link, opens in new window) . Family Business Review, 26(3), 271-292.

 Barbera, F., & Moores, K. (2013). Firm ownership and productivity: A study of family and non-family SMEs (external link, opens in new window) . Small business economics, 40(4), 953-976.

ENT 505 - Small-Business Management

Year Honour / Award
2020 Family Enterprise Case Competition Coach: 3rd place (Graduate Division, 2020)
2019 Best Article Award: Family Business Review
2019 Best Paper Award: The International Family Enterprise Research Academy
2019 Family Enterprise Case Competition Coach: 1st place (Graduate Division, 2019)
2019 University of Adelaide Teaching Award: For the Enhancement and Innovation of Student Learning
2019 University of Adelaide Business School Research Award: For Research Engagement
2018 University of Adelaide Business School Research Award: Best Research Team
2015 Outstanding Reviewer Award: Family Business Review
2014 Best Paper Award: Family Enterprise Research Conference
2014 Best Dissertation Award: Family Firm Institute
  • Family Firm Institute (FFI):
    • Advanced Certificate of Family Business Advising (ACFBA)
    • GEN Faculty
    • FFI Fellow
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Family Business Australia (FBA)