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Robert Nason

PhD Student

Room: 311
rnason@syr.edu

MBA Babson College

BA Wheaton College (IL)

MBA Babson College

BA Wheaton College (IL)

Robert is interested in entrepreneurial performance outcomes at the firm level.  He has published a stream of research realted to entrepreneurial activity in family firms.  His dissertation focuses on a Penrosean approach to firm growth.  Specifically, he is studying  how firms grow firm sales and value without adding assets or employees and what this does to the boundaries of the firm.  Robert has published in several peer reviewed academic journals including Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Family Business Review and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. He has presented at many leading conferences including The Academy of Management (AOM), the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), the Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC) and The European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM).  Robert’s current research interests and projects include strategic entrepreneurship and growth.  

Prior to his PhD studies, Robert was managing a global collaborative research project as the Assistant Director of the STEP Project at Babson College.  STEP is the largest collaborative research project bringing together over 40 universities from around the world to explore entrepreneurship in the family context.  Robert has been active in the Family Firm Institute (FFI) as a New England Chapter Board Member and 25th Anniversary Conference Committee Member.  Robert has also been quoted in regional, national and international media publications including the Wall Street Journal. 

 
 

Selected Publications

  • "Why do Family Firms Strive for Nonfinancial Goals? An Organizational Identity Perspective", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 2013, (with Thomas Zellweger, Mattias Nordqvist and Candy Brush)
  • "Family Communication and Innovativeness in Family Firms.", Family Relations, 2013, (with Salvatore Sciascia, Eric Clinton, Albert James and Juan Rivera)
  • "From Longevity of Firms to Transgenerational Entrepreneurship of Families: Introducing Family Entrepreneurial Orientation. ", Family Business Review, 2012, (with Thomas Zellweger and Mattias Nordqvist)
  • "Portfolio Entrepreneurship in Family Firms: A Resource-based Perspective", Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 2011, (with Philipp Sieger, Thomas Zellweger and Eric Clinton)
  • "Is Strategy Different for Very Small and New Firms? ", Journal of Small Business Strategy, 2010, (with Tom Lumpkin, Alex McKelvie and David Gras)
  • "A Stakeholder Perspective on Family Firm Performance. ", Family Business Review, 2008, (with Thomas Zellweger)