Goodman prof to discuss reasons entrepreneurs exit their businesses

Whether an entrepreneur intends to inevitably pass their firm down to family or sell to a stranger influences their future decisions and behaviours, making that strategy significant to any business from the start.

These intended entrepreneurial exit strategies will serve as the topic of this week’s Goodman Luncheon Speaker Series event.

Eugene Kaciak, Professor of Operations Management and Business Research and recipient of Goodman’s Distinguished Scholar award, will present co-authored research on Friday, Nov. 11 during his talk “Family- and Non-Family-Related Reasons for Entrepreneurial Exits.”

The research examines the motives behind entrepreneurs’ anticipated exit strategies. The study distinguishes between family- and non-family-related reasons and links them to three potential exit strategies.

Kaciak joined Goodman in 1989, with much of his research since 2013 focused on entrepreneurship. For his academic research efforts, he has twice been honoured with the Departmental Researcher of the Year Award for the Department of Finance, Operations, and Information Systems — in 2016 and 2022.

The Goodman speaker series provides Goodman faculty, staff and students with an informal opportunity to listen and discuss recent advances in research, teaching and practices with business colleagues.

The talk will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Sankey Chamber. Goodman faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Members of the Brock community interested in attending are encouraged to email Crystal Li at to reserve a seat.

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