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Founded in 2005 by Babson College in collaboration with six academic affiliates in Europe, the STEP Project is a global applied research initiative that explores the entrepreneurial process within business families and generates solutions that have immediate application for family leaders. The visionary institutions that founded the project include ESADE (Spain), HEC (France), Jönköping International Business School (Sweden), Universita Bocconi (Italy), Universitat St. Gallen (Switzerland), Universitat Witten/Herdecke (Germany), and Babson College (USA).

Professor Andrea Calabrò from Witten Institute for Family Business, Witten/Herdecke University, one of the co-founders, talks about the STEP Project for Family Enterprising and the benefits of joining STEP.

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New Article

The Generational Change in Family Businesses: Comparative Analysis between Italy and Peru

STEP member César Augusto Cáceres Dagnino

Published in the Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business

New STEP Publication

Big Boots to Fill – the Next Generation Continuing Differently

STEP members Eric Clinton, Vanessa Diaz-Moriana and Catherine M. Faherty

from The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Cross Regional Collaboration with Dublin City University, Tec de Monterrey and Stetson University

STEP colleagues from three international regions are collaborating on research investigating transgenerational entrepreneurship in Latin America and seeking to identify commonalities and differences with European family firms.
Read more STEP news here

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STEP is now on Research Gate


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The STEP team from Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland is hosting the 2017 STEP Global Summit on November 8-11, 2017.  The team at USI has been working hard to make this a memorable experience for STEP families and STEP academics.  For more information about the Summit and registration, please check the 2017 STEP Global Summit website.
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STEP Global Academic Conference

Fostering Entrepreneurial Orientations of Family Firms Across Generations

October 18th – 20th 2018, Cartagena, Colombia

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For STEP Project Affiliate Members

Call for presentations for the 2017 Global STEP Summit

Submit by June 30, 2017
From Gianluca Colombo, Chair, 2017 Global STEP Summit

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STEP Project

Leading academics and business families from around the world have joined as partners of the STEP Project to explore Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices and create a stream of powerful practices and cases that empower families to build their entrepreneurial legacies.


The STEP Project for Family Enterprising is the first global research study to focus on entrepreneurship in business families.

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