Dr. Francesco Debellis

Assistant Professor

e-mail: francesco.debellis@univie.ac.at

phone: +43 1 4277 38014

room: 4th floor 04.605

office hours: on appointment

Francesco Debellis is member of the Chair of International Business, in the department of Marketing and International Business at the University of Vienna. After concluding MSc studies, he has been working as business consultant, advising several Italian SMEs. He then began his career in Academia, getting his Ph.D. in Management at LUM University (Italy) in 2018. During his Ph.D. he spent one and half year as visiting researcher at CIBUL (Centre for International Business at University of Leeds, UK). He also earned research experience during visiting scholarships at the Witten Institute for Family Businesses (Germany), Henley Business School (UK), Old Dominion University (USA) and Zhejiang University (China). Prior to joining University of Vienna, Francesco has been for two years research associate at the Centre for Family Business Management of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy).

His research focuses on governance and internationalization of family firms. He has published, among others, in the Journal of World Business and in the Journal of International Management, and he is the  winner of EIBA 2019 best paper award in International Entrepreneurship. He also serves as ad hoc reviewer for several journals such as Journal of International Management, Family Business Review, and Journal of Family Business Strategy.

Research Highlights

  • Debellis, F., De Massis, A., Petruzzelli, A.M., Frattini, F., Del Giudices, M., (2020):  "Strategic agility and international joint ventures: The willingness-ability paradox of family firms", Journal of International Management, in Press. DOI: 10.1016/j.intman.2020.100739 
  • Debellis, F., Rondi, E., Plakoyiannaki, E., De Massis, A., (forthcoming): "Riding the waves of family firm internationalization: A systematic review, integrative framework, and research agenda", Journal of World Business.