Research Seminar How inter-generational emotions shape family business behavior


ISM kindly invites to participate in Research Seminar "What the grandfather did... How inter-generational emotions shape family business behavior" by Fabian Bernhard, Associate Professor of Family Business (EDHEC Business School, Family Business Center, France).
Seminar will take place on the 10th of April, 14:00, room 412.

The presented ideas respond to calls for research on emotions in family businesses by examining the development of guilt and its consequences among next generation family members. Building on family systems and identity theories, we develop a conceptual model on the collective-based guilt that the next generation may develop towards the past generation’s wrongdoing in the family business. We test the model by means of a scenario approach via questionnaires addressed to next generation members. The findings suggest that the level of guilt depends on the identification of the next generation members with the business and the family. The level of guilt closely relates to behavioral intentions, such as reparative actions, apologies and change in business practices. Implications of these findings and future research directions are discussed.
Speaker bio
Prof. Dr. Fabian Bernhard is an Associate Professor of Management and a member of the Family Business Center at EDHEC Business School in France. He is also a research fellow at the University of Mannheim in Germany, where he also had studied business administration. A subsequent scholarship led him to the University of Oregon from where he graduated with an MBA. After working several years at a large, international consulting company in New York, he returned to academia in 2007. During the following years as a PhD student at the European Business School (EBS) and the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany, he developed the ideas of his book on “Psychological Ownership in Family Businesses”. After having completed his doctoral degree in 2011, he was a research professor at INSEEC Business School in Paris and an adjunct professor at the Family Enterprise Center (FEC) at Stetson University of Florida in the US. 
Fabian Bernhard’s current topics of interest revolve around the intersection of organizational behavior, organizational psychology, and family business research. In particular, Fabian is interested in the emotional dynamics in family businesses, moral emotions (such as shame and guilt), the education and preparation of next generational family business leaders, as well as all kinds of attachment to the family business, such as psychological ownership, commitment, social identity, and their influence on the decision-making process in family businesses.
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