Family Business Scholars

Smith Family Business Initiative Fellows and Scholars

Smith Family Business Initiative Faculty Fellows, Academic Scholars, and Practitioner Scholars are distinguished family business thinkers and leaders from foremost institutions and businesses across the globe. All are selected for their breadth of experience, knowledge, and understanding of family business. Collectively, our fellows, scholars, and practitioners are helping to create curriculum, programs, and opportunities for our students and alumni.


Cornell Faculty Fellows

Faculty Fellows are Cornell faculty members engaged in research or collaborative projects related to family enterprises.

Lourdes Casanova

Lourdes Casanova

Senior Lecturer and Academic Director | Johnson Emerging Markets Institute
Steven Gal, '88

Steven Gal, '88

Senior Lecturer of Management | Johnson School
Daniela Scur

Daniela Scur

Assistant Professor of Strategy | Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Wes Sine, Ph.D. '01

Wes Sine, Ph.D. '01

Professor | Johnson
Ed Staehr

Ed Staehr

Executive Director | NY FarmNet Charles H. Dyson School
Michele Williams

Michele Williams

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior | Industrial and Labor Relations School

Family Business Academic Scholars

Academic Scholars and Practitioner Scholars are faculty members and practitioners from beyond the Cornell ecosystem.

Joseph Astrachan

Joseph Astrachan

Professor | Kennesaw State
Christine Blondel

Christine Blondel

Adjunct Professor of Family Business | INSEAD
Kimberly Eddleston

Kimberly Eddleston

Professor of Entrepreneurship | D’Amore-McKim School of Business
Dennis T. Jaffe, Ph.D.

Dennis T. Jaffe, Ph.D.

Research Associate | Wise Counsel Research
Rania Labaki

Rania Labaki

Associate Professor of Management | EDHEC Business School
Greg McCann

Greg McCann

Senior Professor of Family Enterprise | Stetson University
Carol Wittmeyer

Carol Wittmeyer

Visiting Associate Professor & Interim Associate Dean | St. John Fisher College

Family Business Practitioner Scholars

Eric Allyn

Eric Allyn

Former Chairman | Welch Allyn, Inc
Doug Baumoel

Doug Baumoel

Founder | Continuity, LLC
Ann Dugan

Ann Dugan

Senior Managing Director of Consulting | Family Office Exchange
Holly Isdale, '86

Holly Isdale, '86

Founder | Wealthaven
John Engels

John Engels

President | Leadership Coaching, Inc.