Ivan Miroshnychenko

Research Fellow and Term Research Professor of Family Business and Sustainability

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Ivan Miroshnychenko is a Research Fellow and Term Research Professor of Family Business and Sustainability.

Prior to joining IMD, Miroshnychenko was an Assistant Professor of Economics and Management at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy). He has also held visiting positions at universities and research institutions in the UK (Lancaster University), Germany (WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Free University of Berlin, and Humboldt University of Berlin), Sweden (Linnaeus University), and Italy (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies).

He carries out research on the economics and management of family businesses and sustainability with a focus on how to manage growth dynamics, nurture environmental champions, and design successful family-business governance mechanisms. His research has been published in leading academic journals including Business Strategy and the Environment, Economic Notes, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Family Business Review, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Cleaner Production, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and R&D Management. He is also on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Family Business Strategy.

Miroshnychenko has won numerous research awards including an honorable mention for the 2022 Family Firm Institute Best Unpublished Research Paper Award, 2021 Family Business Review Excellent Reviewer Award, 2021 Academy of Management Conference (Organizations and the Natural Environment Division) Best Paper, 2020 Research Award of the SĂŒdtiroler Sparkasse Foundation at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, 2020 International Family Enterprise Research Academy Best Reviewer Award, 2019-2020 Top Cited Article in Economic Notes, 2019 International Family Enterprise Research Academy Best Paper Contribution to Practice Award, and 2013 University of South Australia International PhD Student Competition Winner.

His research has also received numerous grants and scholarships from various public funding bodies and private organizations including the Institute for Economic Thinking, Cato Institute, John S Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Research and Development Management Association, the Swedish Institute, the Study Foundation of the Berlin House of Representatives, the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, and the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.

He holds a PhD in management (innovation, services, and sustainability) from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies and an MSc in management and strategy (entrepreneurship) from the University of Sheffield.

Academic publications
The double-edged sword of corporate boards in the environmental actions of firms
Environmental issues, which encompass combatting climate change and global warming, are increasingly positioned at the top of board agendas. consequently, board policies are increasingly used as th...
Published 1 November 2021
Family firms and environmental performance: A meta-analytic review
This article critically reviews and meta-analyzes the environmental performance of family firms. Using a sample of 40,910 firms covering a 12-year period, we conclude that the average effect of fam...
Published 1 March 2022
Sustainability practices of family and nonfamily firms: A worldwide study
As sustainability is pivotal in combating the global warming and climate change crisis, we examine whether family firms differ from their nonfamily counterparts in the sustainability practices they...
Published 3 January 2022
Family influence and digital business model innovation: The enabling role of dynamic capabilities
New digital technologies have prompted many firms, including family firms, to innovate their business models. We study the role of dynamic capabilities as mediator in the relationship between famil...
Published 1 July 2021
Family business growth around the world
Growth is important for the long-term success of a business. Regrettably, the impact of family influence on firm growth is largely neglected. We examine whether family firms have a higher growth ra...
Published 1 July 2021
Absorptive capacity, strategic flexibility, and business model innovation: Empirical evidence from Italian SMEs
Recognizing that business model innovation (BMI) is a constant source of value creation in the digital economy, we examine the nexus between absorptive capacity and strategic flexibility, and their...
Published 1 June 2021
Three decades of research on corporate governance and R&D investments: A systematic review and research agenda
This paper reviews and systematizes the empirical research on the nexus between corporate governance (CG) and investments in research and development (R&D) published in leading business, management...
Published 1 November 2020
Investment opportunities and R&D investments in family and nonfamily firms
The firm’s investment opportunity set (IOS) reflects the prospective growth opportunities related to physical and human capital investments. IOSs are largely firm specific, embedded in assets‐in‐pl...
Published 1 September 2020
Insight for Executives
Research applied: An FBR précis on family firms and environmental performance
Developing and implementing effective environmental operational practices and communications in a family business can be a challenging task. While family firms successfully deliver innovative techn...
Published 6 April 2022
Crescita attraverso le generazioni
Compared to second-generation family businesses, first-generation family businesses have both a higher capacity (power to act) and a higher willingness (disposition to act) to grow, as they have a ...
Published 1 November 2021