Josip Kotlar

Core Faculty | Associate Professor

Short Profile outline

Josip Kotlar is Associate Professor of Strategy and Family Business at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano. Before joining Politecnico di Milano, he was a Professor at the Lancaster University Management School, directing the Centre for Family Business and serving as Research Director of the Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy. His research experience is at the intersection of strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation, and his work focuses primarily on family businesses. He is Associate Editor of Family Business Review and serves as the Director of Research and Publications of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA).


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Academic course held at SOM

Impianti Industriali e organizzazione d'impresa (parte di organizzazione aziendale)

Family business

Teaching Areas:

Specializing masters


Josip Kotlar conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship, with a focus on family companies. His main research contributions relate to understanding how family business leaders balance financial and non-financial goals in strategic decision-making, and the impact of family ownership and management on strategy and innovation. Current projects address the distinctive sources of value creation, value capture, and sustainable competitive advantage in family firms, such as family values, history, tradition, idiosyncratic resources and governance.

Relevant Publications

Chirico F. Criaco G. Baù M. Naldi L. Gomez-Mejia L. R. Kotlar J., "To patent or not to patent: That is the question. Intellectual property protection in family firms. ", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 44, 339-367

Sasaki I. Kotlar J. Ravasi D. & Vaara E., "Dealing with revered past: Historical identity statements and strategic change in Japanese family firms", Strategic Management Journal, 41, 590-623

Mazzelli A. Nason R. De Massis A. Kotlar J., "Causality rules: Performance feedback on hierarchically related goals and capital investment variability.", Journal of Management Studies, 56, 1630-1654

Kotlar J. Sieger P. , "Bounded rationality and bounded reliability: A study of non-family managers’ entrepreneurial behavior in family firms", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 42, 251-273

Rondi E.| De Massis A.| Kotlar J., "Unlocking innovation potential: A typology of family business innovation postures and the critical role of the family system", Journal of Family Business Strategy, 10

Kotlar J.| Chrisman J.J., "Point: How Family Involvement Influences Organizational Change", Journal of Change Management, 19, 26-36

Arzubiaga U. Kotlar J. De Massis A. Maseda A. & Iturralde T. , "Entrepreneurial orientation and innovation in family SMEs: Unveiling the (actual) impact of the Board of Directors.", Journal of Business Venturing, 33, 455-469

Kotlar J. Signori A. De Massis A. Vismara S. , "Financial wealth, socioemotional wealth, and IPO underpricing in family firms: A two-stage gamble model.", Academy of Management Journal, 61, 1073-1099

Mazzelli A. Kotlar J. De Massis A. , "Blending in while standing out: Selective conformity and new product introductions in family firms.", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 42, 206-230

De Massis A.| Kotlar J.| Mazzola P.| Minola T.| Sciascia S., "Conflicting selves: Family owners’ multiple goals and self-control agency problems in private firms", Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 42, 362-389

Kotlar J.| De Massis A.| Wright M.| Frattini F., "Organizational Goals: Antecedents, Formation Processes and Implications for Firm Behavior and Performance", International Journal of Management Reviews, 20

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