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Monday - Friday 09:00AM - 17:00PM
Saturday - Sunday CLOSED

for the Millennial Generation Find out more Mastering the digital transformation in the family business getting ready

About this project

Two of the most crucial challenges for the sustainability of family firms consist in the process of generational transition and the obsolescence of their traditional business models.
Digital transformation offers the opportunity to address both challenges by unlocking next generation’s potential with the strategic renewal of traditional business models.

The lack of toolkits and roadmaps for guiding family firms’ members in managing such transformation leaves vast opportunities untapped, putting at risk family firms’ competitiveness.

Our project is concerned with the analysis of the requirements for digital transformation in the specific context of family firms, and the development of the decision-making frameworks and tools needed to support and guide such complex process.

MasterMIL Toolkit

The toolkit consists of three different assessments designed to assist your company in defining Industry 4.0 concepts, identifying emerging technologies, and evaluating the digital readiness of your business model in order to prepare you for the digital change.

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Project Objectives

Literature Review

A comprehensive literature review on industry 4.0 technologies, family business characteristics and the relationship between the two research areas

Case studies

Case studies of family firms to shed light on typical company’s heritage and preconditions for the implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies in family firms and critical success factors for their proper development


The development of a widely applicable toolkit that allows firms to identify the current situation of the company (as-is), choose the most appropriate Industry 4.0 technology and understand how to implement it


  1. Kick Off

    Assessing available Literature

  2. Mid-way Workshop

    Presentation of the Results of the Exploratory Research

  3. Self- assessment tool

    Launch of web-based self-assessment Tool

  4. End of Project

    Presentationon of the Final Results

Project Team

Prof. Alfredo De Massis

Entrepreneurship, Family Business, Innovation, Strategic Management, HRM and Succession Management

Prof. Dominik Matt

Manufacturing Systems, Automation in Production and Mechatronics, Operations Management

Guido Orzes
Associate Professor

Logisitcs and Supply Chain Management, Technology and Operations Management

Emanuela Rondi
Assistant Professor

Family business, Social network, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Erwin Rauch
Assistant Professor

Manufacturing Systems, Automation in Production, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Marco Mismetti
Research Fellow

Family Business, Conflict, Interpersonal Dynamics

Samuel Appleton
Research Fellow

Family Business, Social Capital, Innovation, and Cross Cultural Management

Research Partners

Industrial Partners

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