We are thrilled to announce the transition of new leadership within the Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurial Practices (STEP) Project for Family Enterprise.  On January 1, 2019, STEP welcomed Prof. Ilse Matser from Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, as the STEP Global Board Chair and Prof. Andrea Calabrò from the IPAG Business School in France, as STEP Global Academic Director. The appointment of these distinguished scholars has brought excitement; renewed perspectives and additional opportunities for the project. 

Prof. Matser has been the Windeshiem University STEP team leader since joining STEP in 2012.   She has been an active member having served on the STEP European Leadership Council; the Global Board; and multiple STEP Board committees during her tenure at STEP.  Prof. Matser is a Lector of family business at Windesheim and Director of the National Expertise Center for Family Businesses. Her research focuses primarily on the importance of continuity in family business through good governance.   

Prof. Calabrò joined STEP in 2012 as a member of the Witten/Herdecke, (Germany) STEP team.  Andrea currently serves as the Academic and Managing Director of the IPAG Family Business Institute (IFBI) and Professor of Family Business & Entrepreneurship at IPAG Business School, Nice, France.  Andrea has served in many leadership roles since joining STEP.  He served as STEP Co-director in 2018; European Research Champion; European Leadership Council member; STEP Global Board member and on multiple STEP Board committees.  You can find a list of Prof. Calabrò’s research and publications here.    

We send our sincere gratitude to Prof. Matt Allen (Babson College) who served as Academic Director for STEP over the past 4 years and James Davis (Utah State Univ.) who served as STEP Board Chair for 2018.  Both scholars served during a critical time in the Project providing steadfast leadership and innovative solutions to support the Project.  We look forward to continuing to work closely with both Matt and Jim, as they continue as STEP team leaders for their Universities. 

The STEP Project is a global applied research initiative that establishes learning partnerships between academics and business families in order to explore the entrepreneurial process in the family form of business organizations. The STEP Project was launched in 2005 at Babson College with six European Universities.  It currently has 48 STEP teams engaged in the project conducting research through surveys and case studies.  Our core mission is to collaboratively research transgenerational entrepreneurship in order to produce highly relevant, applied research which makes a tangible difference to the business families around the world and their stakeholders.  We will do this by developing a community of researchers who can be trusted to provide rigorous and valuable insights into issues associated with transgenerational entrepreneurship.  In addition, we will work together with practitioners to bridge the gap between theory and practice. To find out more, see our website STEPresearch.org