Mattias Nordqvist

Former CeFEO Director

Mattias Nordqvist is Professor in Business Administration and The Hamrin International Professor of Family Business and Former Director of CeFEO (2012-2019). He has previously served as Associate Dean at JIBS. Mattias is a former Co-Director of the Global STEP Project and Visiting Scholar at Babson College, USA, University of Alberta, Canada and Bocconi University, Italy. He has served on the board of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy — IFERA — and is currently on the scientific committee of the Center for Young and Family Enterprise (Cyfe) at the University of Bergamo, Italy.

He has been selected as a Family Owned Business Institute Scholar twice; 2007-2008 and 2011-2012 by the Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids in the USA, and has won the Family Firm Institute (FFI) Award for Best Unpublished Research Paper twice; 2005 and 2011. Mattias is also a recipient of the Young Entrepreneurship Researcher Award 2006 from the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.

Mattias the founding associate editor of the Journal of Family Business Strategy, and serves on the editorial board of the Family Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Management and Governance and Journal of Small Business Management. He is also co-editor of the SAGE Handbook of Family Business (with Leif Melin and Pramodita Sharma) published by SAGE Publications in November 2013.

In 2020, Mattias Norqvist joined the House of Innovation at Stockholm School of Economics, while keeping an affiliation and part-time position at JIBS.


Mattias received his MSc and PhD from Jönköping International Business School in Sweden. His specific research focus is on family firms, with a particularly focus on entrepreneurial, strategic and governance processes. To learn more about Mattias´ research, please see the section on publications. Mattias has been invited to present his research and to give lectures to various audiences at many universities in Europe, USA, Latin America, Africa and Australia. He publishes widely in the leading international journals and in edited books in both Sweden and abroad. His research is regularly presented at international conferences and workshops, such as the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, IFERA World Conference, EIASM Workshop on Family Firm´s Management and the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. During his time as Associate Dean, Mattias initiated and built JIBS' growing program in the area of international development cooperation. The focus lies on capacity building in higher education in African countries, mainly through Master and PhD training in Business Administration and Economics in collaboration with the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).