How Individuals Succeed in Complex Environments

fbr_coverFamily enterprise advisors are individuals who play a unique role in the success of family businesses, which are major contributors to economies around the world. How do these professionals create and innovate their way to success in the highly dynamic, complex environment that is the family firm?

To answer this question, authors Walter D. Davis, Clay Dibrell, and Justin B. Craig joined Karen Vinton on the Family Business Review podcast to discuss their paper, “The Effects of Goal Orientation and Client Feedback on the Adaptive Behaviors of Family Enterprise Advisors,” co-authored by Judy Green. The paper is forthcoming in Family Business Review and now available in the journal’s OnlineFirst section. Click here to play or download the podcast interview, or subscribe on iTunes by following this link.

walter_davisWalter D. Davis (Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology) is an Associate Professor of Management at The University of Mississippi, where he teaches courses in advanced human resource management, strategic management, and research methods. His research interests include employee proactivity, self-management, goal orientation, and strategic human resource management. His articles have been published in journals such as Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Performance, Leadership Quarterly, and Group and Organization Management. He has served on the editorial review boards of Journal of Management, Journal of Business Research and The International Journal of Leadership Studies.

clay_dibrellClay Dibrell is an Associate Professor of Management at The University of Mississippi and a US Fulbright Scholar. Areas of research interest include family enterprises, innovation, and stewardship. His research has been published in leading academic journals including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, Family Business Review, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Journal of Business Research, Small Business Economics, Industrial Marketing Management, Management International Review, and Journal of World Business. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Family Business Strategy, and on the editorial review boards of Family Business Review and Journal of World Business, as well as a special issue guess editor for multiple journals.

justin_craigDr. Justin B. Craig is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship in the D’Amore McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. Dr. Craig holds a Ph.D. in the field of behavioral science as well as a Masters of Counseling and an Honors degree in Psychology, all with an intentional focus on entrepreneurial family businesses and those responsible for their stewardship. Professor Craig’s research has been published in leading international academic journals, including the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Family Business Review, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Small Business Management, Small Business Economics, Journal of Family Business Strategy, and Journal of World Business, among others. He has been an Associate Editor of Family Business Review since 2010.

karen_vintonKaren L. Vinton, Ph.D., is a 1999 Barbara Hollander Award winner and Professor Emeritus of Business at the College of Business at Montana State University, where she founded the University’s Family Business Program. An FFI Fellow, she has served on its Board of Directors and chaired the Body of Knowledge committee. From 1997 through 2011, Vinton served on the editorial board of the Family Business Review, and is the current assistant editor. Before retiring, Vinton served as director for her own family’s business (negotiating its eventual sale)and had her own family business consulting practice, Vinton Consulting Services. Karen can be reached at

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