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Family Firms and SDGs: Presenting Our Research Results at EURAM Conference

Our paper “Drivers of Sustainable Development Goals in Family Firms: A Case Study”, written with Alessia Patuelli (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca) and Jonida Carungu (London Metropolitan University), has been accepted for presentation at The European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference 2022, hosted by the ZHAW School of Management and Law, Winterthur, Switzerland.

Our research aims to understand why a family firm complies with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As family firms constitute the most widespread form of business, understanding the factors that drive the decisions to pursue SDGs is essential. The paper also examines how SDGs enter the strategic level, activities and management practices. Preliminary results indicate that family and personal values are crucial, consistently with Socio-Emotional Wealth (SEW) theory. While SDGs are now entering the strategic level, their rationale was always part of the family firm’s activities and culture.

With members from 60 countries and beyond, EURAM aims at advancing the academic discipline of management in Europe.

We are looking forward to the conference!