The focus in this research topic is on corporate governance and more specifically professionalization and boards of directors, the top management team (TMT) and executive remuneration, especially in private family firms.
Over the last few years there has been a growing realisation that family firms and SMEs also have a need for optimal decision-making structures in order to realise the firm's potential for growth and innovation. The role of the board of directors and the TMT is currently a hot topic of debate, together with the matter of remuneration, both in practice (e.g. the Buysse Code) and in the academic world.
Closely linked to the research domain of Strategic Leadership, is the domain Succession. Profond research is performed on succession by a non-family CEO and the planning of leadership successions. Next to leadership successions, we also perform research on the succession of ownership.