Joseph H. Astrachan

JoeWachovia Eminent Scholar Chair of Family Business and Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship

Kennesaw State University
Coles College of Business
1000 Chastain Road, #4900
Kennesaw, GA 30144
United States of America

Phone: +1 770 423 6045

Joe Astrachan is Eminent Scholar Chair of Family Business, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, executive director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center, and a founder of the internationally accredited Executive MBA for Families in Business at the Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, Georgia, USA. In addition he is Distinguished Research Chair of Family Business at Loyola University Chicago’s Business School.

Joe received the Richard Beckhard award, which is the Family Firm Institute’s highest honor for contributions to the field of family business. He received the International Family Business Program Association’s Lifetime Achievement in Research Award. He also received the McGregor Award from the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science (a publication of the NTL Institute) for one of the most outstanding papers of the decade (1990-1999). His other awards include the Family Business Network International’s award for best-unpublished research paper, and the Best Empirical Paper Award from The United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. In addition, he is guest professor of family business at Witten/Herdeke University on Germany and a frequent speaker at universities, industry groups and business associations around the world.

Joe is editor of the scientific publication the Journal of Family Business Strategy (an Elsevier title) and past editor Family Business Review. He is also editor of the Family Business Casebook Annual, which publishes the best in teaching and educational family business cases.

Joe has been active in the development of the field, having been a founder of several recognized programs including the International Family Enterprise Research Academy. He is past Chairman of Family Enterprises USA and member of the Executive Committee of Family Business Network International and is their conference chair until 2017.

In addition to his non-profit board service, he serves on the boards of six privately owned family businesses covering a wide variety of industries from heavy equipment and consumer goods manufacturing to professional services and real-estate development. Joe comes from a family business background. His extended family has owned businesses ranging from container and tanker shipping and shipbuilding, coal mining and pharmaceuticals. Joe earned his B.A., M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees at Yale University.

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