Joe Astrachan is Wachovia 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.
Astrachan 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. Astrachan has received multiple awards for his research and service from family business, entrepreneurship, management, and research oriented associations. He is author or coauthor of more than ten books including the much acclaimed Communication and Conflict in Family Business (with McMillan) and Mechanisms to Assure Family Business Cohesion: Guidelines for Family Business Leaders and Their Families (with Pieper).
Astrachan 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 was founding Chairman of Family Enterprises USA.
In addition to his non-profit board service, he serves on the boards of six privately-owned family businesses globally and comes from a family business background. His extended family has owned businesses ranging from container and tanker shipping to pharmaceuticals. Astrachan earned his B.A., M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees at Yale University.
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