Paola Rovelli is Senior Assistant Professor at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Faculty of Economics and Management), working at the Centre for Family Business Management. Previously, she was a post-doc research fellow at Politecnico di Milano School of Management, where in 2017 she got her PhD summa cum laude with a thesis on the allocation of decision authority at the top of firms’ hierarchy. She carries out research on organizational design of firms and their top management teams, with particular attention towards family firms, delegation of decision authority, narcissism and gender issues. She recently published research articles in Journal of Management Studies, European Management Journal, Long Range Planning, Personality and Individual Differences, and The Leadership Quarterly. Paola is member of AOM, IFERA, ODC and AiIG, and she serves as reviewer on leading journals such as Family Business Review, European Research Journal, International Journal of Information Management, Journal of Knowledge Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Small Business Management, Small Business Economics, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.




Bauweraerts, J., Rondi, E., Rovelli, P., De Massis, A., & Sciascia, S. (2022). Are Family Female Directors Catalysts of Innovation in Family SMEs? Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 16(2), 314-354.

Magrelli, V., Rovelli, P., Benedetti, C., Überbacher, R., & De Massis, A. (2022). Generations in Family Business: A Multi-field Review and Future Research Agenda. Family Business Review, 35(1), 15-44.

Rovelli, P., Benedetti, C., Fronzetti Colladon, A., & De Massis, A. (2022). As Long As You Talk About Me: The Importance of Family Firm Brands and The Contingent Role of Family-Firm Identity. Journal of Business Research, 139, 692-700.

Rovelli, P., De Massis, A., & Gomez-Mejia, L. R. (2022). Are Narcissistic CEOs Good or Bad for Family Firm Innovation? Human Relations.


De Massis, A., Eddleston, K. A., & Rovelli, P. (2021). Entrepreneurial by Design: How organizational design affects family and nonfamily firms’ opportunity exploitation. Journal of Management Studies, 58(1), 27-62.

Rondi, E., & Rovelli, P. (2021). Exchanging Information to Realize More Innovation Opportunities: What Can Family Firms Do? Forthcoming in the Special Issue on “Knowledge Management in Family Firms” of the Journal of Knowledge Management.

Rovelli, P., Ferasso, M., De Massis, A., & Kraus, S., (2021). Thirty Years of Research in Family Business Journals: Status Quo and Future Directions. Forthcoming in Journal of Family Business Strategy, 100422.


Rondi, E., & Rovelli, P. (2020). La Gestione dell’Innovazione nelle Imprese Familiari, Eurilink, Roma (IT), ISBN: 9788885622975.

Rovelli, P., & Curnis, C. (2020). The Perks of Narcissism: When Behaving Like a Star Speeds Up Career Advancement to the CEO Position. The Leadership Quarterly, 32(3), 101489.


De Massis A., & Rovelli P. (2018). Innovation in Family Firms and SMEs: Distinctive Features and Research Challenges. In U. Hytti, R. Blackburne, and E. Laveren (Eds.), Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Education. Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham (UK).