Masterclass with Ethel Brundin

18 September 2019,
Institute of Advanced Studies, UWA
Postgraduate Students, Early Career Researchers, Academics, Professional Researchers


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The Role of Emotions in Family Business

An IAS Masterclass with Visiting Alcoa Professor Ethel Brundin, Jonkoping International Business School

The intense activities of owning, managing and working in a family business are suffused with emotions that are intertwined in a complex interplay of business decision-making and the memories and shared histories of being a family member. The three dimensions of owning, business, and ‘family’ crucially affect the practices of family businesses and its operations.

In this workshop Professor Brundin will draw on both scholarship and applied experience with family business in Europe and elsewhere to engage in a discussion about how the influence of the family’s emotions shapes both managerial practices and operations in family business. Workshop participants will develop an understanding of the conceptual frameworks that inform the study of emotions in family business, as well as the managerial implications of research about emotions in family business.  

Professor Ethel Brundin is Professor in Entrepreneurship and Business Development at Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping, Sweden. She is affiliated with the Center of Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO), ranked as number one in Europe for family business research and as number three in the world. She has been an active research member of the European Chapter of STEP (Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices) – a worldwide research project on family firms with chapters in Latin America, South East Asia, and USA. Professor Brundin is Extra-Ordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town South Africa. She is also a permanent visiting professor at the Witten Herdecke University in Germany where she teaches emotions in family businesses in master programs. She has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Queensland for different periods during 2013 and 2018.

Professor Brundin has published in international leading journals and edited books about emotions in strategic and entrepreneurial leadership with a focus on family firms, as well as about immigrant and social entrepreneurship. Her most recently edited book is Contextualizing Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries and Emerging Economies and her most recent article about affectivity in crisis management has been accepted in the journal Long Range Planning.