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STEP Project for Family Enterprising

Founded in 2005 by Babson College in collaboration with six academic affiliates in Europe, the Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (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).  The STEP Project for Family Enterprising is the first global research study to focus on entrepreneurship in business families.

Families are the dominant form of business organization worldwide—they play a leading role in the social and economic wealth creation of communities and countries. To achieve continued growth and continuity, they must pass on the entrepreneurial mindsets and capabilities that enable them to create new streams of wealth across many generations—not just pass a business from one generation to the next. We refer to this practice as transgenerational entrepreneurship.

Leading academics and business families from around the world have joined as partners of the STEP Project to explore Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices.

What are the benefits of STEP?

  • Networking: opportunities to connect with leading business schools and global partners
  • Research and Collaboration: large pool of data available for research, a network of scholars, collaborative projects, development of teaching cases, and more
  • Publishing: opportunities to publish in journals, cases, books, and build synergies for common research interests
  • Institutional Development: knowledge and idea sharing via courses, seminars, workshops, visiting professorships, PhD students, and new curriculum
  • Family Business Center: Outreach and engagement to family businesses, and the build of new frameworks for teaching families about transgenerational entrepreneurship and wealth creation through executive education

How can a scholars become members?

Who can join? Universities and scholars who have demonstrated family business and/or entrepreneurship competency or the desire and ability to build this competency.


  • Must be an accredited university, college, or other educational institution
  • Active participation in the project by:
    • Contributing to the quantitative and qualitative data collection
    • Annual network building efforts
    • Contributing to STEP research dissemination efforts
  • Complete an application for membership contact Val Duffy, Assistant Director,


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European STEP members participating in the 2018 European STEP Workshop and Meeting in Nice, France
European STEP members participating in the 2018 European STEP Workshop and Meeting in Nice, France