Dr. Justin Craig is a Clinical Professor of Family Enterprise and Director of the Center for Family Enterprises at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His research focuses on the strategy, function, management, and performance of multi-generational family enterprises and those who lead and steward them. He has authored 46 peer-reviewed academic publications, numerous book chapters and teaching cases and has co-edited several books, all aimed at better understanding the challenges facing business families across the globe.
His current book Leading a Family Business: Best Practices for Long Term Stewardship (Praegar Publishing, July, 2017) is a fascinating convergence of entrepreneurship, family relations, and corporate principles. The volume, co-authored with long time mentor and collaborator Dr Ken Moores, presents two frameworks to better understand the best practices of leading a family business: a firm-level frame focused on these four critical areas of difference (architecture, governance, entrepreneurship, and stewardship) and an individual one that mirrors these in terms of the skill set and mindset successful leaders need to develop. Written as a business narrative, the book considers the differences between leadership in family enterprises and non-family enterprises; the entrepreneurial capabilities needed by executives in family-based firms; and the use of power, identification, and motivation in managing their responsibilities both at home and in the workplace. Case studies provide a real-life look at the inner workings of family operations across the globe.
Before Kellogg, Dr. Craig held faculty positions at Northeastern University in Boston, Bond University in Australia and Oregon State University. He completed undergraduate degrees in Business and Psychology (with Honors) at Griffith University, a Master’s in Counseling and a PhD in Behavioral Science at Bond University.
As a practitioner, he worked with and for business families for almost a decade before pursuing an academic career, and was subsequently involved with multiple entrepreneurial ventures. Today he works closely with family business leaders, their consultants, and advisors, and has trained and presented to members of family firms from most sectors and countries worldwide. He is a consultant with the Family Business Consultant Group.
Family Business, Individual and Firm Level Entrepreneurialism.