Abstract

The STEP (Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurial Practices) Project for Family Enterprising is a global applied research project. It is a collaboration of scholars, worldwide, studying successful entrepreneurial practices of family businesses over time. Babson College is the convener of this Project (www.babson.edu/step). The STEP Project was launched in 2005 with 7 founding institutions: Babson College (USA), ESADE (Spain), HEC (France), Jönköping International Business School (Sweden), Universita Bocconi (Italy), Universitat St. Gallen (Switzerland), Universitat Witten/ Herdecke (Germany). In 2015 we reached 40 Institutions with over 175 scholars involved in the project from 5 regions: Europe (2005), Latin America (2006), Asia-Pacific (2007), North America (2011) and Africa (2015). Since the launch of the project in 2005, we have experienced great success under previous leadership and our affiliated Institutions have been very productive by contributing 127 research cases to our qualitative database; working with successful family businesses to complete over 1000 surveys to the quantitative data set; planning and attending over 30 academic research meetings to present their cases, discuss quantitative data, present research findings and plan summits; coordinating 16 regional and 2 global Summits for STEP families and scholars; and producing a variety of publications consisting of books, academic articles, reports, book chapters and practitioner booklets.

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