Family business is good business!

In 1992, Roberto Flören started a structural research program at Nyenrode Business University centered on family businesses. All of his research therefore focuses on the dynamics and the field of tension between company, family and property in family businesses. Roberto is proud of the appreciation of the family business that Nyenrode has and of the fact that Nyenrode has boosted the understanding of the family business. 

He came into contact with Nyenrode in 1984 as a BBA student. After that, he studied Finance in the University of Florida MBA program. He came to work at Nyenrode in 1991, after which he became Professor of Family Businesses and Business Transfers in 2002. In addition to being a faculty member, he has been center director and head of the faculty. He currently holds the position of Academic Director of the Private Wealth Program. 

Secondary positions

  • Chairman of the Kwetters Supervisory Board (Raad van Commissarissen Kwetters)
  • Chairman of the Maan Group Supervisory Board (Raad van Commissarissen Maan Group)
  • Both companies are family businesses

International activities

As a former Board Member of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy, he is very active in international research circles in the field of family businesses.


Cricket and travel.

Most relevant publications

  • Van Helvert-Beugels, J., Nordqvist, M., Flören, R.H. (2020), “Managing tensions as paradox in CEO succession: The case of nonfamily CEO in a family firm”, International Small Business Journal, 38 (3), p. 211-242. 
  • Berent-Braun, M.M., Flören, R.H., den Ouden, M.M.C.M., (2018), “Being Able and Willing to Innovate: A Study of Family Firm Identity and New Product Output among Dutch Private Businesses”, International Review of Entrepreneurship, 16 (2), p. yet unknown. 
  • Uhlaner, L.M., Matser, I.A., Berent-Braun, M.M., Flören, R.H. (2015),“Linking Bonding and Bridging Ownership Social Capital in Private Firms: Moderating Effects of Ownership-Management Overlap and Family Firm Identity”, Family Business Review, volume 28 (3), p. 260-277. 
  • Remery, C., Matser, I.A., Flören, R.H. (2014),“Successors in Dutch family businesses: gender differences”, Journal of Family Business Management, 4 (1), p.79 - 91. 
  • Uhlaner, L.M., Flören, R.H., Geerlings, J.R. (2007), “Owner commitment and relational governance in the privately-held firm: An empirical study”, Small Business Economics, 29, p. 275-293. 
  • Flören, R.H. (1998), “The Significance of Family Business in the Netherlands”, Family Business Review, volume XI (2), p. 121-134.