Alessandra Tognazzo

Alessandra Tognazzo
University of Padova | UNIPD · Department of Economics and Management

PhD

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Introduction
"The secret of family firms and not only..." (in Italian: "Il segreto delle imprese famigliari e non solo..." Check out my TEDx: "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-aUhh2yKw4" "How can schools develop entrepreneurship?" (In Italian: "Come di può sviluppare l'imprenditorialità nelle scuole?") Check out my 3 minutes talk: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_2h1HWMIITc
Additional affiliations
April 2016 - present
University of Padova
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Principal investigator for the research project “The emergence of Entrepreneurial Intelligence: Uncovering the roots of entrepreneurship to sustain its development”.
September 2015 - September 2016
Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
Position
  • Professor of Human Resource Managment (Undergraduate degree)
September 2013 - present
University of Padova
Position
  • Adjunct Professor of Family Business (Graduate degree)
Education
January 2010 - December 2010
IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
Field of study
  • Mater in Research in Management
January 2009 - January 2012
University of Padova
Field of study
  • Management and Economics

Publications

Publications (33)
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In this paper we analyze the role of the individual competencies of a sample of entrepreneurs of small and medium-sized Italian firms and their impact on business performance. First, we focus on the measurement of entrepreneurial competencies by using a variety of tools and then we try to find a relationship with firm performance considering a mult...
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This paper analyses the patenting activities of family businesses compared to non-family ones. First, the focus is on the number of granted patents. Family long-term orientation, care for wealth preservation and risk aversion, may affect innovation processes. Hence, the main question is whether family businesses patent more or less than non-family...
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Research on organizational slack, which has focused mainly on its effect in large, publicly traded firms and on transitional economies, has found that slack functions as a buffer in periods of crisis. However, little work has been done on the value of slack resources for smaller firms in mature industries. This study contributes to the resource-bas...
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Previous research that explored entrepreneurial intentions through the Theory of Planned Behavior has found that intentions are reliable predictors of entrepreneurial behavior. Less however is still known about background factors that might drive intentions. Scholars have found that family financial support and prior family business exposure can in...
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Typically, business tenets advise: never go into business with your family. This book proposes that this discrepancy may actually be at the core of modern problems: social harm and environmental problems are largely related to advancements focused on current dualistic metaphors that value only the business dimension and devalue the family. This bo...
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Family metaphors are very common in business studies, still, metaphors may conceal some aspects of the issue under examination. In this chapter, I provide some original views on family root metaphors that are commonly used in business discourse by academics and practitioners in articles, books, writings, and conversations, and try to uncover the hi...
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Metaphors are necessary for family business theory. Like all metaphors, also the metaphors of family firms focus on thinking in ways that make it hard, if not impossible, to think in terms of alternative metaphors. Therefore, being aware of the impact of our inner images may help us uncover hidden aspects of the context of interest. In this chapter...
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Family businesses are the primordial way of social organizing. In this chapter, I talk about the importance of narratives in family business studies, then I propose social constructionism as a theoretical perspective. Based on organizational literature, I offer some definitions of organizational symbolism, metaphors, myths, and archetypes and I dis...
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In this last chapter, I explain how the archetype related to the paternal role (linked to the business dimension) over the maternal one (linked to the family dimension) has influenced our way of seeing and practicing our economic thought and behavior and the related consequences. Matriarchal-organizations have been often an exclusive topic of histo...
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In contemporary culture, we typically think that being visible is more powerful than the unseen, even family businesses care about their image. However, I explain why the invisible is equally powerful. The concept of invisibility in the literature is strictly connected with that of women in family businesses, not only given the dearth of research a...
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Although small and medium enterprises (SMEs) constitute the backbone of the European economy, studies on resilience and crisis management in SMEs are still scarce. While its limited resources reduce the possibility for an SME to adopt proactive actions of anticipation, its fast decision-making processes can facilitate the identification of effectiv...
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To investigate the complex dynamics when family members with differing perceptions and interpretations of reality jointly lead their family business, this research adopts an epistemic-operative interview technique using Morgan’s images of organization. We explore how family leaders’ root metaphors, which are symbolic frames that help understand ind...
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Leadership succession is inevitable for most family businesses. To effectively face this challenging transition, next-generation leaders need to have the ability to gain the trust and respect of their employees, however, the impact of employees’ trust during a change in family leadership is challenging given the incumbent’s shadow. The chapter aims...
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Lo storytelling nelle famiglie è da secoli un mezzo utilizzato per tramandare conoscenze e valori. Spiegando alcuni recenti risultati di ricerca internazionale sullo storytelling nelle family business, questo articolo si concentra su come le diverse storie condivise nelle aziende familiari possano sostenere l’avvio di processi innovazione o ancorar...
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For centuries, stemming from the work of philosophers such as Plato, emotions have been considered as thoughtless and potentially destructive uncontrolled impulses. In contrast, the cognitive function of the brain was viewed as imposing reason and rationality which controlled emotions by suppressing or disregarding them, and by overwhelming dangero...
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Nel panorama economico attuale l’imprenditorialità giovanile è una leva fondamentale per sostenere occupazione e innovazione, soprattutto nel settore dell’ospitalità e turismo. Questo articolo, riconducendo i risultati della ricerca internazionale al contesto italiano, spiega come le famiglie possano sostenere con successo i propri figli nel proce...
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La formazione delle nuove generazioni ricopre un ruolo fondamentale all’interno delle aziende familiari. La tecnologia e l’attenzione per il processo educativo sin dalla giovane età facilitano la costruzione di un’identità imprenditoriale originale, solida e creativa.
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With a process perspective based on a framework derived from several disciplines, we theoretically discuss how friendship dynamics in founding teams may affect the business. We develop a conceptual model that considers the different nature of exchanges in business and friendship, which may serve as a useful starting base for future investigation (i...
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In this chapter the authors explore some drivers of entrepreneurial intentions using the theory of planned behaviour on a sample of Italian students. Our objective is twofold. First, the study investigates if both perceiving that becoming an entrepreneur is risky and having non-financial career motivations affect university students’ entrepreneuria...
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Purpose. To identify which top leaders’ behavioral EI-competencies affect firm performance when considering the overall organization orientation toward oriented toward efficiency, human resources and adaptability to the external environment as an interface (i.e., a filter) between the individual leader and firm outcomes. Study Design. The research...
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Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship welcomes submissions to a special issue contributing towards understanding how entrepreneurial decisions and behaviours. Survival, longevity and success of SMEs are deeply linked to the effectiveness of entrepreneurial decision making processes. This Special Issue aims at providing a discussion forum to...
Research
This is the real story of Fabrizio Vienna and his hotel. Hotel Terme Antica Vienna is a family owned and managed hotel situated in Abano Terme, a famous spa location in the north-east of Italy. Fabrizio wants the family dynasty to continue within the business. To realize his wish, he has started to give some ownership stakes to his children but he...
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The case is about an Italian entrepreneurial family and its second generation family hotel. The protagonist is Rosa, who is torn between letting her daughter work in the family business and selling it. The historical background, values and rules of the family and the modes by which the family team was able to exploit environmental entrepreneurial o...
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University spinoffs, an important subset of high-tech start-up companies, operate in a context characterized by marked information asymmetries that limit their chances of obtaining financing. Given the uncertainty and imperfect information that characterize these investment opportunities, signals about their potential value deserve further attentio...
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(with Alessandra Tognazzo and Martina Gianecchini) How those involved in such enterprises should plan and organise their governance structures and processes so as to take full advantage of their strengths as family businesses but at the same time, prevent those same characteristics becoming a hindrance to prosperity.
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Entrepreneurial passion has been considered a positive driver of entrepreneurial activity, but scant attention has been paid to the difficulties of being an entrepreneur. Relying on the dualistic model of passion, harmonious passion and obsessive passion, we hypothesize that harmonious passion prevails over obsessive passion among entrepreneurs. We...
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As scholars continue in their quest to find factors that are related to leadership effectiveness, flexible leadership theory suggests the mechanisms through which top leaders’ behaviors determine organizational results.. The primary purpose of this work is to provide a multi-method empirical application of this theory examining whether top leaders’...
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Using a definition of Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO) associated to the competencies of 40 family firms entrepreneurs, family SMEs were classified in different groups with respect to individual (gender), perceived and family governance measures. One-way ANOVA was used to identify the EO dimensions that vary across groups. Further, drawing upon the...
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Using a definition of Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO) associated to the competencies of 40 family firms entrepreneurs, family SMEs were classified in different groups with respect to individual (gender), perceived and family governance measures. One-way ANOVA was used to identify the EO dimensions that vary across groups. Further, drawing upon the...

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The creation, success, longevity, and survival of SMEs are deeply linked with the effectiveness of internal and external decision-making processes. When entrepreneurs make decisions, they are especially influenced by their emotions, passions, values, beliefs, and cognition; at the same time with their decisions they craft the organization and support systems that will bound other decisions. There is great potential to improve scholarly understanding of these mechanisms in entrepreneurial decision-making, such as trust, rationality, intuition, conflicts, and spirituality. To explore promising research gaps, the track welcomes novel research approaches and innovative methods in entrepreneurial behaviour and decision-making, both conceptual and empirical. Find more information at this link: https://conferences.euram.academy/2023conference/sig-03-entrepreneurship-ent/ Call for reviewers (We need you!): https://www.xcdsystem.com/eiasm/member/ EURAM CONFERENCE 14-16 June 2023 First Announcement of Call for Papers: 22 September 2022 Deadline for Paper Submission: 10 January 2023: 2PM Belgian Time Notification of Acceptance: 15 March 2023 Early Bird Registration Deadline: 7 April 2023 Authors and Panelists Registration Deadline: 14 April 2023
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It is widely acknowledged that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are vital for entrepreneurial activities such as innovation, job creation and the industry dynamics of local, national and international economies (Liberman-Yaconi et al., 2010). Moreover, there is a general agreement that the success, longevity and survival of SMEs are deeply linked to the entrepreneurs' decision-making processes (Liberman-Yaconi et al., 2010; Beaver and Jennings, 2005; Woods and Joyce, 2003; Brouthers et al., 1998). As Baron (1998: 17) points out, “entrepreneurs are creative individuals who generate a tremendous number of potentially valuable ideas; as such, they are a priceless human resource for any society”. From this point of view, entrepreneurs and how they make decisions assume a critical role. Recent research works (e.g. Lerner et al., 2015; Baron, 2008) underline the necessity to consider emotions when the decision-making process is discussed. Entrepreneurial emotion is an “hot topic” (Cardon et al., 2012) because emotions influence both opportunity evaluation and exploitation decisions (Hayton and Cholakova, 2012; Welpe et al., 2012). Indeed, “entrepreneurship generates substantial emotions because it is an extreme context in terms of time pressures, uncertainty, and the extent of personal consequences tied up in the fate of the firm” (Cardon et al., 2012). Entrepreneurs, compared to non-entrepreneurs, face conditions of high uncertainty, ambiguity and time pressure and are more under emotional intensity and high risk when making decisions than their non-self-employed counterparts, so both emotions and cognition play a role. Consequently, understanding how entrepreneurs think, feel and make decisions to identify and exploit the opportunities of innovation is necessary for the development of the research (Zahra et al., 2005; Shane and Venkataraman, 2000). This call for papers welcomes multidisciplinary and novel theoretical contributions about entrepreneurial decision making. Also, papers which apply a qualitative, quantitative or mixed method are welcome. In particular, we are looking for contributions that employ explorative and original approaches or methods that investigate the issues concerning entrepreneurial emotions and cognition. We are particularly interested in original and under-researched contexts of investigation such as non-Western countries, sectors of activity with peculiar characteristics (e.g. sport entrepreneurship or rural areas), and relational dynamics (e.g. family or friends). You can find the call for paper here: https://www.inderscience.com/info/ingeneral/cfp.php?id=4831
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Goal: Our aim is to attract high quality contributions in Entrepreneurship research for the European Academy of Management (EURAM) conference in Dublin, Ireland, June 10-12, 2020. Within the Strategic Interest Group (SIG) ENTREPRENEURSHIP there are 17 track themes to choose from. More information is avalable under http://www.euram-online.org/programme2020/strategic-interest-groups/sig-03-entrepreneurship-ent.html The paper submission deadline is Jan. 14, 2020!