Torsten M. Pieper is Associate Professor of Management in the Belk College of Business at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Adjunct Associate Professor with the Family Enterprise Center of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA). Before joining UNC Charlotte, Dr. Pieper was an associate professor at Kennesaw State University where he was Academic Director of the DBA Program and Research Director for the Cox Family Enterprise Center. Dr. Pieper is President of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), the largest network association of family business researchers in the world, and Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier title Journal of Family Business Strategy, one of only two impact-factored journals dedicated entirely to the scientific study of family businesses. An author of more than 20 articles and 9 books on family business, he is a frequent speaker to professional and industry associations on the topics of family business cohesion, strategy and governance. Dr. Pieper earned his two Master of Science degrees from Saarland University (Germany) and EM LYON Business School (France), and a Doctorate from EBS University of Business and Law in Oestrich-Winkel (Germany). He grew up in a multinational family business (manufacturer of building materials) and is fluent in German, French and English. Dr. Pieper lives in Charlotte (North Carolina) with his wife and their two daughters.