Torsten M. Pieper is an associate professor of management in the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte. 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 (JFBS), one of only two impact-factored journals dedicated entirely to the scientific study of family businesses (JFBS 2017 Impact Factor: 2.605). An author of more than 20 articles and nine 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's degrees from Saarland University (Germany) and EM LYON Business School (France), and a Ph.D. 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.