Francesco Barbera

Assistant Professor of Family Enterprise
Acting Director of the Family Enterprise Center

Francesco (Frank) Barbera is currently an assistant professor in family enterprise and the acting director of the Family Enterprise Center (FEC) at Stetson University. In conjunction with Babson College, he is also the team leader for Stetson University's Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) project.

Barbera received his Ph.D. from Bond University in Queensland, Australia, and also earned a master of commerce (with honours) degree from Bond in economics. Under an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, he was a research associate at the Australian Centre for Family Business (ACFB) in Queensland, Australia where he investigated Australian small to medium-sized family enterprises.


  • Ph.D., Bond University
  • M.Com. (with honours), economics, Bond University

Course Topics

  • Personal, Professional and Leadership Development
  • Case Studies in Family Business

Research Interests

Professor Barbera's research interests encompass a wide range of issues applied to family business, entrepreneurship, small business management, and family business education. His research is regularly presented at international conferences and workshops, such as the Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC), International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) and STEP summits.

Services to the Profession

  • Editorial board, Family Business Review
  • Reviewer
    • Journal of Small Business Economics
    • Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal
    • Journal of Family Business Strategy 

Awards and Recognition

  • Family Firm Institute (FFI) (2015): Family Business Review Outstanding Reviewer Award
  • Family Firm Institute (FFI) (2014): Best Dissertation Award
  • Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University (2014 and 2010): Family Owned Business Institute Scholar
  • Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC) (2014): Best Paper Award
  • Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC) (2010): Best Doctoral Paper Award


  • Barbera, F., Bernhard, F., Nacht, J., and McCann, G. (2015). The relevance of a whole-person learning approach to family business education: Concepts, evidence and implications. Academy of Management Learning & Education (forthcoming)
  • Barbera, F., Khalid, A. and Rajaguru, G. (2014). "It's not Yen, Euro or Koala Bloc: Greenback is still dominant in East Asia." Australian Journal of Management 39 (4) 549-571
  • Barbera, F. and Hasso, T. (2013). "Do we need to use an accountant? The performance and survival benefits to family SMEs." Family Business Review 26 (3) 271-292.
  • Barbera, F. and Moores, K. (2013). "Firm ownership and productivity: a study of family and non-family SMEs." Small Business Economics 40(4), 953-976.
Frank Barbera

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