© The Financial Times Ltd 2016
FT and 'Financial Times' are trademarks of The Financial Times Ltd.
The Financial Times and its journalism are subject to a self-regulation regime under the FT Editorial Code of Practice.
Every week a business school professor, an expert in his or her field, defines a key term on FT Lexicon, our online economics, business and finance glossary.
Our professor this week
Alberto Gimeno is associate professor in Esade’s Department of Strategy and General Management. He holds a PhD in Management Science (Esade-Universitat Ramon Llull), a degree in Business Sciences (UPC) and MBA (Esade). His research focuses on management complexity theory in family businesses and the creation of analytical models for managing such firms.
He is director of Esade’s International Family Business Lab and the Owner President Governance Programme (OPG). He is also academic director of the CEMS Master in International Management, permanent visiting professor at Wittener Institut für Familienunternehmen (WIFU, Germany), and has been director of Esade’s Advanced Management Programme (AMP).
Author of many papers and articles and co-author of the book Family Business Models (Palgrave-McMillan, 2010), Alberto Gimeno is also co-author of The Structural Risk Model and regularly advises family businesses and consulting companies in this field worldwide.
He is a partner, and one of the founding members, of the Family Business Knowledge (FBK) group. Prof Gimeno also served as member of the Expert Group in Family Business that advises the European Commission on such matters.
Prof Gimeno has chosen to define the term social leader
Why Prof Gimeno thinks the term social leader is important
“When thinking about the role of a social leader, it is important to understand the importance of smooth change in any organisation,” says Prof Gimeno. “The best sort of change is one that happens through consensus, and this cannot happen without social leaders,” he says.
To find out more about social leaders, click on the hyperlinked term.
Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2016. You may share using our article tools.
Please don't cut articles from FT.com and redistribute by email or post to the web.