Isabelle Le Breton-Miller is Professor of management and Chair in Succession and Family Enterprise at HEC Montreal. She obtained her Ph.D. in management from Imperial College London and a M.Sc. from HEC Montreal. Before commencing her academic career, she held senior managerial positions in human resource management in a variety of organizations.
Professor Le Breton’s research, teaching and publications focus on the strategies, organizational challenges, governance structures, and succession processes of family enterprises. Over the past decade she has published over 50 contributions — academic and practitioner articles, a book, pedagogical cases, and various research reports. Her research has appeared in top tier journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, California Management Review, and Family Business Review. Her most recent book, co-authored with Danny Miller, is Managing for the Long Run: Lessons in Competitive Advantage from Great Family Businesses, published by Harvard Business School Press. It has been translated into six languages; the French version being entitled Réussir dans la durée : Leçons sur l’avantage concurrentiel des grandes entreprises familiales. The book was designated by the Family Business Review in 2012 and by the Academy of Management Learning and Education in 2015 as one of the three major classics published in the family business field over the last 25 years. In 2017, the Family Firm Institute (FFI) awarded her the Barbara Hollander Award for her career contribution to research and teaching in family business and the following year, she was named FFI Fellow for her expertise and ongoing commitment to the field.
Professor Le Breton-Miller also serves as Associate Editor of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and is a member of numerous editorial boards including those of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Family Business Review. In 2011 she was awarded the annual Chenelière Éducation / Gaëtan Morin prize for outstanding research by an Associate Professor. Since 2016, she has been a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.