Dr Alexandra Dawson
Full Professor, Management
CIBC Distinguished Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Family Business
Dr Alexandra Dawson is a Full Professor in the Department of Management and holds the CIBC Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Family Business. She has a PhD in Management and Business Administration from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), where she was also a post-doctoral fellow, and an MSc Econ from the London School of Economics (London, UK).
Dr Dawson's research is in the areas of entrepreneurship and family business. She has published in several journals, including Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Family Business Review, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Organization Studies, Small Business Economics, and Corporate Governance: An International Review. Her research focuses on topics such as succession, organizational commitment, and private equity investment decisions in family businesses. Her recent research is also about the role of founders in public firms and the effect of gender diversity in entrepreneurship and top management teams. She is a recipient of the JMSB Dean’s mid-career award for distinguished scholarship. Dr Dawson is an Associate Editor for Journal of Family Business Strategy and is on the Review Board for Family Business Review.
In 2014-17 Dr Dawson was the founding director of Concordia University's National Bank Initiative in Entrepreneurship and Family Business. In 2014-19 she was the director of the Concordia Small Business Consulting Bureau (CSBCB), supervising select MBA students offering business consulting services to entrepreneurs and business owners.
Prior to academia (1995-2002), Dr Dawson was a strategy consultant in London and Milan, providing strategy and M&A support to corporate and institutional investors.
PhD, Universita' Bocconi
MSc, London School of Economics
'Laurea' (equivalent to Master of Science), Università degli Studi di Palermo
Areas of expertise
- Family Business
- Private Equity
Refereed Journal Articles (click on links for full text)
Gimenez-Jimenez,D., Edelman, L.F., Dawson, A. & Calabro, A. (2022) Women entrepreneurs’ progress in the venturing process: The impact of risk aversion and culture. Small Business Economics, 58, 1091-1111, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11187-020-00435-8
Parada, M., Samara, G. Dawson, A. & Bonet, E. (2020) Prosperity over time and across generations: the role of values and virtues in family businesses. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 33(4): 639-654
Parada, M.J. & Dawson, A. (2017). Building family business identity through transgenerational narratives. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 30(3): 344-356.https://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/985005/1/Dawson%20%26%20Parada_JOCM_2017.pdf
Dawson, A., Sharma, P., Irving, P.G., Marcus, J., & Chirico, F. (2015) Predictors of later generation family members’ commitment to family enterprises. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 39(3), 545-569. http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/978746/1/Dawson_et_al_ETP_in_press.pdf
Dawson, A., Irving, P.G., Sharma, P., Chirico, F., & Marcus, J. (2014) Behavioral outcomes of next generation family members' commitment to their firm. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 23(4): 570-581. http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/978747/1/Dawson_et_al_EJWOP_2014.pdf
Dawson, A & Mussolino, D (2014) Exploring what makes family firms different: Discrete or overlapping constructs in the literature? Journal of Family Business Strategy, 5(2): 169-183. http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/978750/1/Dawson_and_Mussolino_JFBS_2014.pdf
Dawson, A. & Hjorth, D. (2012) Advancing family business research through narrative analysis, Family Business Review, 25(3): 339-355. http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/974637/4/Dawson_%26_Hjorth_FBR_2012.pdf
Dawson, A. (2012) Human capital in family businesses: Focusing on the individual level. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 3(1): 3-11. http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/973655/1/Dawson_JFBS_2012.pdf
Dawson, A. (2011) Private equity investment decisions in family firms: The role of human resources and agency costs. Journal of Business Venturing, 26(2): 189-199. http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/977300/1/Dawson_JBV_2011.pdf
D’Allura, G.M., Bannò, M., Dawson, A., Torchia, M., & Cesaroni, F.M. (2022). Women in small and medium sized family firms: Theory and practice. Piccola Impresa / Small Business, DOI: https://doi.org/10.14596/pisb.3373.
Sharma, P., Debicki B.J., Dawson, A. & Kellermanns, F.W. (2017). Editorial: Behavioural issues in family enterprises. International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 16(1/2): 1-12.https://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticletoc.php?jcode=ijmed&year=2017&vol=16&issue=1/2
Chadwick, I. & Dawson, A. (2018) Women in leadership and family firm performance, in D’Allura, G.M. & Faraci, R. (Eds.) Governance delle Imprese Familiarie e Traiettorie di Crescita. Internazionalizzazione, Innovazione e Contesti Istituzionali (pp. 99-105), Franco Angeli, Italy (in Italian). http://ojs.francoangeli.it/_omp/index.php/oa/catalog/book/301.
Parada, M.J. & Dawson, A. (2017) Exploring institutional entrepreneurship in developing countries. Co-preneurs in the tourism industry: A Bolivian case, in Ramirez-Pasillas, M., Brundin, E., & Markowska, M. (Eds.), Contextualizing Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies and Developing Economies (pp. 194-210), Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK.
Dawson, A. & Valentini, G. (2013) Acquisition and diversification behaviour in large family firms, in Smyrnios, K.X., Poutziouris, P.Z., & Goel, S. (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Family Business (pp. 719-733), 2nd Edition, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK.
Corbetta, G. & Dawson, A. (2011) Innovation and R&D policies in Italy. In Mian, S. (Ed.), Science and Technology Based Regional Entrepreneurship: Global Experience in Policy and Program Development (pp. 125-142), Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK.
Valentini, G. & Dawson, A. (2010) Beyond knowledge bases: Towards a better understanding of the effects of M&A on technological performance. In Finkelstein, S. & Cooper, C.L. (Eds.), Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions (pp. 177-197), Volume 9, Emerald Books, Bingley, UK.
Corbetta, G. & Dawson, A. (2007) Relationship-based and market-based models of interaction between private equity and family firms. In Cafferata, R. (Ed.), Industria e Finanza in Italia (pp. 247-261), Il Mulino (in Italian).
Dawson, A. & Lassini, U. (2005) External environment and growth of family firms. In Corbetta, G. (Ed.), Capaci di Crescere (pp. 227-253), Egea, Milan (in Italian).
Recent Conference Presentations
Montreal makes the most of its creative resources (2015), in Montreal Gazette. http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreal-re-imagined/montreal-makes-the-most-of-its-creative-resources
Montreal’s small businesses struggling to survive (2015), in Montreal Gazette. http://montrealgazette.com/news/montreals-small-businesses-are-failing-at-an-alarming-rate
Passer le flambeau,une opération delicate (2014), in Le Devoir. http://www.ledevoir.com/economie/actualites-economiques/422251/entretiens-concordia-economie-et-innovation-passer-le-flambeau-une-operation-delicate
L’entrepreneuriat québécois au tournant d’une generation (2014), in Découvrir, Association francophone pour le savoir. http://www.acfas.ca/publications/decouvrir/2014/05/l-entrepreneuriat-quebecois-tournant-generation