Dr. Nava Michael Tsabari

Coller School of Management
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Dr. Nava Michael Tsabari
Phone: 03-6406746
Office: Recanati - Business Administration, 422

General Information

Dr. Michael-Tsabari is a researcher of family businesses, and teaches how to deal with the challenges of managing business and family assets. In addition to the academic course for graduate students, she also teaches a course at Lahav, at the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University. This course, which has been given for over a decade, is the first and only in the country, and is aimed at families and consultants in the field. 

Dr. Michael-Tsabari holds a BA in psychology and with honors from TAU, and EMBA with honors from the Coller School of Management. She completed the first doctorate in Israel in the field of family business at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion, Haifa. In addition, Dr. Michael-Tsabari is a third-generation member of the Strauss family, previously worked for the family group and served as a director on the public board of directors of Strauss-Elite Ltd.

Dr. Michael-Tsabari lectures on family business in Israel and at conferences around the world. Her research in the field of family business has won academic awards, including the FFI best unpublished paper for 2012, the best 2014 article of the Family Business Review, and the 2020 Best Contribution to Practice at the IFERA 2020 conference.


Fields of research

family firms, organizational culture, emotions in organizations

Selected Publications

Michael-Tsabari, N., & Lavee, Y., (2012). Too Close and Too Rigid: Applying the Circumplex Model of Family Systems to First-Generation Family Firms, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38, (s1), 105-116.


Labaki, R., Michael-Tsabari, N., & Zachary K. R., (2013). Emotional dimensions within the Family Business: towards a conceptualization, in K. X. Smyrnios. P. Z. Poutziouris & S. Goel, Handbook of Research in the Family Business, (2nd ed). Elgar Publishing.


Michael-Tsabari, N., & Tan, W., (2013). Exploring Family Features in Non-Family Organizations: The Family Metaphor and its Behavioral Manifestations, Entrepreneurship Research Journal, 3(3), 391-424.


Labaki, R., Michael-Tsabari, N., & Zachary K. R., (2013). Exploring the Emotional Nexus in Cogent Family Firm Archetypes. Entrepreneurship Research Journal, 3(3), 301-330.


Sharma, P., Blunden, R., Labaki, R., Michael-Tsabari, N. & Rivera Algarin, J.O. (2013). Analyzing family business cases: Tools and techniques. Case Research Journal, 33(2), 1-20.


Michael-Tsabari, N., Labaki R., & Zachary, K. R., (2014). Towards The Cluster Model: The Family Firm’s Entrepreneurial Behavior over Generations. Family Business Review, 27(2), 161-185.


Michael-Tsabari, N., & Weiss, D., (2015). Communication Traps: Applying Game Theory to Succession in Family Firms. Family Business Review, 28(1), 19-34.


Michael-Tsabari, N., Mihm, S., Seaman, J., Viellard, E., & Labaki, R. (2018). With or without emotions: how does history matter for family business survival? Entreprises et histoire, 2, 138-145.

Michael-Tsabari, N., Houshmand, M., Strike, V., & Efrat Treister, D. (2020). Uncovering Implicit Assumptions: Reviewing the Work-Family Interface in Family Business and Offering Opportunities for Future Research. Family Business Review, 33(1), 64-89.


Bamberger, P., Kuzmenko, A., Michael‐Tsabari, N., Doveh, E., Delery, J. E., & Gupta, N. (2020). Stingy principals or benevolent stewards: Reward practices in family versus nonfamily trucking companies. Human Resource Management, 1-18.


Michael-Tsabari, N. Do I deserve the business and/or wealth I will inherit? Book chapter, P. Jaskiewicz & S. Rau, in press.


Michael-Tsabari, N., Barbera, F., & Henssen, B. (2021). "Tough Love" Characterizing Paternalistic Leadership – The Case of Family Firms, Love and Organization: Lessons of Love for Human Dignity, Leadership and Motivation, Michael Pirson, Ed., Routledge, in press.


Michael-Tsabari, N. (2021). "All my Firms?" Managing SEW Affective Endowments in Business Family Portfolios. Handbook of Business Families, Michael Carney & Marleen Dieleman, Eds., De Gruyter, in press.


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