Isabelle Le Breton-Miller

Associate Professor of Management

Isabelle Le Breton-Miller received her Ph.D. from Imperial College, London. She is Associate Professor of Management and holds the Chair of Succession and Family Enterprise at HEC Montreal, and is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Alberta.

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Biography

Isabelle Le Breton-Miller received her Ph.D. from Imperial College, London.  She is Associate Professor of Management and holds the Chair of Succession and Family Enterprise at HEC Montreal, and is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Alberta.  She has served in senior human resource management positions in a variety of companies before beginning her academic career.  Her research, teaching interests, and recent publications center on strategies, organization designs, governance structures and succession within family businesses.  Her most recent book with Danny Miller is Managing for the Long Run (Harvard Business School Press), now translated into 6 languages and she has published in many of the leading academic journals on issues such as succession and family business strategies.  She serves on the editorial boards of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Family Business Review, and other journals, and consults with family businesses on issues of strategy and succession.

Research Paper

Resources and innovation in family businesses: The Janus-face of family socio-emotional preferences. Research Paper No 34

ERC Research Paper No 34. Resources and innovation in family businesses:The Janus-face of family socio-emotional preferences.

Family business socio-emotional preferences are often Janus-faced: Some strive to create a strong business they can pass on to offspring by building innovation-promoting resources such as human, relational and financial capital. Other family firms cater to family desires for unqualified nepotism, altruism towards undeserving kin, and appropriation of firm assets to fulfill parochial desires that erode these resources.
We explore how some such preferences, together with their impact on resources and the innovation demands of their markets, shape the approach to innovation.

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