Justin Craig
Justin B. Craig

Clinical Professor of Family Enterprise
Co-Director of the Center for Family Enterprises

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Dr. Justin Craig is Clinical Professor of Family Enterprises and Co-Director of the Center for Family Enterprises at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Dr. Craig's research focuses on the strategy, function, management, and performance of multi-generational family enterprises and those who lead and steward them. He is especially interested in the behavioral aspects of the family and, increasingly, the business family-influenced drivers of socio-economic impact. Before Kellogg, he held faculty positions at Northeastern University in Boston, Bond University in Australia (where he Co-Directed the globally renowned Australian Centre for Family Business) and Oregon State University. Dr. Craig 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, Dr. Craig has 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 business sectors (technology, consumer goods, manufacturing, retail, and many others) and countries worldwide, including the United States, Colombia, Mexico, England, Ireland, Finland, South Africa, China, South Korea, India, Dubai, New Zealand, and his home country Australia. His areas of advisory expertise include issue-selling by next-generation family members, business and family governance, and the use of strategy measurement and management tools, such as the Balanced Scorecard, in family firms.

Areas of Expertise
Family Business

Print Vita
Doctor of Philosphy, 2004, Bond University, Australia
Master of Counseling, 2001, Bond University, Australia
Bachelors of Psychology (Honors), 2000, Griffith University, Australia
Bachelors of Business, 1998, Griffith University, Australia

Academic Positions
Clinical Professor of Family Enterprise + Co-Director of the Center of Family Enterprises, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, 2015-present
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, Boston, 2012-2015
Adjunct Professor of Family Enterprise, Dublin City University, Ireland, 2013-present
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business + Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Family Business, Bond University, Australia, 2008-2012
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Oregon State University, 2004-2008

Honors and Awards
Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, Northeastern University
Appointed Inaugural Ken Moores Visiting Professor of Family Enterprise, Bond University, Australia

Editorial Positions
Research Chair, Organizing Committee, Family Firm Institute Research and Education Symposium, 2015
EURAM Track Co-coordinator, Family firms and stakeholders: CSR, Branding, Image and Reputation, 2015
Best Dissertation Award Judge, Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division, 2015
Guest Special Issue Editor: Management Control in , Journal of Management and Control, 2016
Appointed to Editorial and Review Board, Journal of Management and Governance, 2016
Editorial Board, Journal of Family Business Strategy, 2015
Associate Editor, Family Business Review, 2015

Print Research
Research Interests

Family Business, Individual and Firm Level Entrepreneurialism.

Neubaum, D. O., C Dibrell, C. Thomas and Justin B. Craig. Forthcoming. Stewardship climate: Scale development and validation.. Family Business Review. Forthcoming
Schjoedt, L, K. Shaver and Justin B. Craig. Forthcoming. Development and validation of an entrepreneurial self‐efficacy scale. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research. 23(1): 1-17.
Alt, E. and Justin B. Craig. Forthcoming. Selling Issues with Solutions: Igniting Social Intrapreneurship in For-Profit Organizations. Journal of Management Studies. 53(5): 794-820.
Clinton, E., V. Diaz, C. Faherty and Justin B. Craig. Forthcoming. Glennon Brothers: Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. (available on-line Nov. 2015)
Clinton, E., C. Faherty, V. Diaz and Justin B. Craig. Forthcoming. Big Boots to Fill: the Next Generation Continuing Differently. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Dibrell, C., Justin B. Craig, J. Kim and A. J. Johnson. 2015. Establishing how natural environmental competency, organizational social consciousness and innovativeness relate. Journal of Business Ethics. 127: 591-605.
Van Gils, A., C. Dibrell, D. O. Neubaum and Justin B. Craig. 2014. Social Issues in the Family Enterprise. Family Business Review. 27: 193-205.
Craig, Justin B., M. Pohjola, S. Kraus and S. Jensen. 2014. Exploring Relationships among Proactiveness, Risk-Taking and Innovation Output in Family and Non-Family Firms. Creativity and Innovation Management. 23(2): 199-210.
Dibrell, C., Justin B. Craig and D. O. Neubaum. 2014. Linking the formal stategic planning process, flexible planning systems, and innovativeness to firm performance. Journal of Business Research. 67(9): 2000-2007.
Craig, Justin B., C. Dibrell and R. P. Garrett. 2014. Examining relationships among family influence, family culture, flexible planning, innovativeness and performance. Journal of Family Business Strategy. 5: 229-238.
Craig, Justin B. and H. Lee. 2013. Family and business stewardship in a third generation South Korean family business. Journal of Small Business Innovation. 2: 1-16.
Davis, W., C. Dibrell, Justin B. Craig and J. Green. 2013. The Effects of Goal Orientation and Client Feedback on the Adaptive Behaviors of Family Enterprise Advisors. Family Business Review. 26: 215-227.
Eberhard, M. and Justin B. Craig. 2013. The Evolving Role of Organisational and Personal Networks in International Market Venturing. Journal of World Business. 48: 220-227.
Ling, Y., D. Baldridge and Justin B. Craig. 2012. The impact of family structure on issue selling by successor generation members in family firms. Journal of Family Business Strategy. 3(4): 220-227.
Neubaum, D. O., C. Dibrell and Justin B. Craig. 2012. Balancing natural environment concerns of internal and external stakeholders in family and non-family businesses. Journal of Family Business Strategy. 3(1): 28-37.
Craig, Justin B. and C. Salvato. 2012. The distinctiveness, design, and direction of family business research: Insights from management luminaries. Family Business Review. 25: 109-116.
Kraus, S., S. Mark, Justin B. Craig and C. Dibrell. 2012. Family firms and entrepreneurship: Contradiction or synonym?. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. 25(2): 135-140.
Dibrell, C. and Justin B. Craig. 2011. A system performance model to capture the potential for enterprising family advantage and corresponding performance outcomes. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship. 31(13): Article 4.
Dibrell, C., Justin B. Craig and E. Hansen. 2011. The impact of managerial attitudes toward the natural environment in growing versus mature firms. Journal of Small Business Management. 49(3): 467-489.
Dibrell, C., Justin B. Craig and E. Hansen. 2011. How managerial attitudes toward the natural environment affect market orientation and innovation. Journal of Business Research. 64(4): 401-407.
Cromer, C., C. Dibrell and Justin B. Craig. 2011. A study of Schumpterian (Radical) vs. Kirznerian (Incremental) innovations in knowledge intensive industries. Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability. 7(1): 28-42.
Craig, Justin B.. 2010. Desk rejection: How to avoid being hit by a returning boomerang. Family Business Review. 25: 306-309.
Craig, Justin B. and K. Moores. 2010. Strategically aligning family and business systems using the Balanced Scorecard. Journal of Family Business Strategy. Journal of Family Business Strategy. 1: 78-87.
Craig, Justin B. and K. Moores. 2010. Championing family business issues to influence public policy: Evidence from Australia. Family Business Review. 23: 170-180.
Morris, M. and Justin B. Craig. 2010. Towards a better understanding of family enterprising. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing. 2(3/4): 308-319.
Craig, Justin B., K. Moores, C. Howorth and P. Poutziouris. 2009. Family business: A rich research repository. Journal of Management and Organization. 15(3): 392-394.
Craig, Justin B., K. Moores, C. Howorth and P. Poutziouris. 2009. Family business research at a tipping point threshold. Journal of Management and Organizations. 15(3): 282-293.
Cassar, G. and Justin B. Craig. 2009. An investigation of hindsight bias in nascent venture activity. Journal of Business Venturing. 24: 149-164.
Dibrell, C., P. Davis and Justin B. Craig. 2009. The performance implications of temporal orientation and information technology in organization-environment alignment. Journal of Strategy and Management. 2: 145-162.
Randoy, T., C. Dibrell and Justin B. Craig. 2009. Founding family leadership and industry profitability. Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurial Guide. 32: 397-407.
Dibrell, C., Justin B. Craig, K. Moores, A. J. Johnson and P. S. Davis. 2009. Factors critical in overcoming the liability of newness: Highlighting the role of family. Journal of Private Equity. 12(2): 38-48.
Zahra, S., D. O. Neubaum, J. Hayton, C. Dibrell and Justin B. Craig. 2008. Culture of family commitment and strategic flexibility: Moderating effect of stewardship. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. 32: 1035-1054.
Craig, Justin B., C. Dibrell and P. S. Davis. 2008. Leveraging family-based brand identity to enhance firm competitiveness and performance. Journal of Small Business Management. 46(3): 351-371.
Dibrell, C., P. Davis and Justin B. Craig. 2008. Fueling innovation through information technology in SMEs. Journal of Small Business Management. 46(2): 203-218.
Dibrell, C. and Justin B. Craig. 2006. The natural environment, innovation, and firm performance: A comparative study. Family Business Review. 19(4): 275-288.
Johnson, D. and Justin B. Craig. 2006. Establishing individual differences related to opportunity alertness and innovativeness dependent on academic-career training. Journal of Management Development. 25(1): 28-39.
Johnson, D., Justin B. Craig and R. Hilderbrand. 2006. Entrepreneurship education: Towards a discipline-based framework. Journal of Management Development. 25(1): 40-54.
Craig, Justin B., G. Cassar and K. Moores. 2006. A ten year longitudinal investigation of strategy, systems and environment upon innovation in family firms. Family Business Review. 19(1): 1-10.
Dibrell, C. and Justin B. Craig. 2006. Linking transgenerational value creation with natural environment and sustainability policy in family and non-family owned firms: Extending the agency-stewardship theory debate. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research.: 177-190.
Craig, Justin B. and K. Moores. 2005. Balanced scorecards to drive the strategic planning of family firms. Family Business Review. XVIII(2): 105-122.
Craig, Justin B. and N. J. Lindsay. 2002. Incorporating the family dynamic into the entrepreneurship process. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. 9(4): 416-430.
Craig, Justin B. and K. Moores. 2002. How Australia's Dennis Family Corporation professionalized its family business. Family Business Review. XV(1): 59-70.
Craig, Justin B.. 2002. Conflict and family functioning in family business. The Journal of SEAANZ. 10(2): 88-99.
Craig, Justin B. and N. J. Lindsay. 2002. Towards a framework for how opportunities are recognized. Journal of Private Equity. 6(1): 13-24.
Craig, Justin B.. 2001. A look at organizational conflict in family business. The Journal of SEAANZ. 9(2): 71-78.
Craig, Justin B. and N. J. Lindsay. 2001. Quantifying "gut feeling" in the opportunity recognition process. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research.: 124-137.
Book Chapters
Craig, Justin B., R. P. Garrett and C. Dibrell. 2016. "Internal Corporate Venturing in Multi-Generational Family Enterprises: A Conceptual Model (Chapter 4)." In Family Entrepreneurship: Rethinking the Research Agenda, edited by K. Randerson, C. Bettineli, G. Dossena and A. Fayolle, London & New York: Routledge, ISBN: 978-1-138-84119-2.
Craig, Justin B. and K. Moores. 2015. "The A-GES Framework: Understanding the Family Business Difference (Chapter 6)." In Small Business in a Global Economy: Creating and Managing Successful Organizations, edited by S. Newbert, California and Colorado: Praeger, ISBN: 978-1-4408-3015-0.
Craig, Justin B.. "Family Business Succession: 15 Guidelines and Pathways.." China Family Business Report on Succession (invited article).
Craig, Justin B.. "Managing the Communication Paradox in the Family Business Circus.." Dublin City University Family Business Centre E-Magazine.
Ward, John L. and Justin B. Craig. "Book Review: An Evolutionary Approach to Entrepreneurship by Howard E. Aldrich.." Academy of Management Learning and Education.
Craig, Justin B. and Hyunsuk Lee. "Differences Among and Between Family Businesses.." DongA Business Review (South Korea).
Moores, K. and Justin B. Craig. 2016. Blood, Sweat and Leadership: Why Leading Family Businesses is Different.. Praegar Publishing.
Lee, C and Justin B. Craig. 2015. Attitude-Skills-Knowledge: Entrepreneurial Education Workbook.
Ramachadran, Kavil and Justin B. Craig. 2011. Family Enterprise in the Asian Pacific: Exploring Transgenerational Entrepreneurship in Family Firms (Editor). London: Elger Publishing, ISBN: 9781848447929.
Moores, Ken and Justin B. Craig. 2011. Understanding Family Enterprise: A Book of Readings. Gold Coast Australia: Bond University Press, ISBN: 9780980618747.
Lindsay, N. J. and Justin B. Craig. 2000. Stars under the Southern Cross: The Untold Stories of Queensland Family Businesses. Gold Coast Qld.: Bond University, ISBN: 9780733100185.
Geronimos, Gail, N. J. Lindsay and Justin B. Craig. 2005. Business Opportunities Made Investor Ready. Oregon: Authors Academic Publishing.
Conference Proceedings
Alt, E. and Justin B. Craig. 2016. "Enacting Social and Commercial Logics in Issue Selling. (AoM Proceedings).".
Moores, K. and Justin B. Craig. 2004. CASE | The Professionalization Process: The Dennis Family Corporation case..
Craig, Justin B. and J. Bergmuller. 2005. CASE | Dummy Boards or Bored Dummies: Changes Needed at Bauer Holdings..
Moores, K. and Justin B. Craig. 2015. CASE | The Dempsey Family Case..
Faherty, C., V. Diaz and Justin B. Craig. 2016. CASE | Glennon Brothers: Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks..
Clinton, E., C. Faherty, V. Diaz and Justin B. Craig. 2016. CASE | Big Boots to Fill- the Next Generation Continuing Differently..

Print Teaching
Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Family Enterprises: Issues and Solutions (STRT-927-0)
This course was formerly known as MGMT 927
The course is intended for those from business-owning families, whether they plan to work in the business or not. Topics range from succession and family dynamics to continuity planning and strategic performance. The course is also appropriate for those who have family foundations, family investment companies, or family offices. The class involves case discussions, guest speakers, field and research assignments, and presentations of new ideas in family enterprises.

Executive MBA
Family Enterprises: Success & Continuity (STRTX-455-0)

Executive Education
Family Enterprise Boards: A Program for Current and Prospective Directors

Family businesses are uniquely complex enterprises. This program empowers current and future directors of family-owned businesses to navigate the challenges posed by those organizations while learning to design, engage, and lead boards that leverage their companies’ strategic advantages.

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Governing Family Enterprises: Enhance Your Board’s Effectiveness

Join peers from leading family-run organizations to learn how family governance can help sustain business continuity, family unity and commitment. Come away equipped and energized to realize your vision for the future of your family enterprise with confidence.

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Leading Family Enterprises

For both established and aspiring leaders of a family-owned business, this program focuses on how to lead the family and the enterprise, manage the strategic and personal pressures inherent in such complex entities and strike an optimal balance between family and work obligations.

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