What type of research insights can be useful for your association’s growth and provide value to your members?

Osif is uniquely positioned to partner with associations in leading customized research projects based on your priorities. All of our empirical work is based on data collected from national associations. This enables us to give feedback to associations related to the issues we investigate. Members can then leverage best practices in their day-to-day operations.

Osif’s work can particularly benefit associations that are similar in nature to Confindustria, the main association representing manufacturing and service companies in Italy, with a voluntary membership of more than 150,000 companies of all sizes, and Confagricoltura, the organization that represents and protects Italian agricultural enterprises. Knowledge from Osif’s research can be shared with the association’s network so members can leverage best practices in their day-to-day operations.

The following are examples from previous research that are applicable to association members.

  • In our paper Women entrepreneurs and work-family conflict: An analysis of the antecedents, we note the following: “Future and already established women entrepreneurs must realistically understand how much time they are able to devote to their business, how much time they are able to devote to their family, and which social supports they can count on in order to identify appropriate strategies to manage the conflict.”
  • In the paper Family Embeddedness and Business Performance: Evidences from Women-Owned Firms, we note that “Having strategic support from family that provides, as an example, easy access to trustworthy information, increases the firm’s performance. At the same time, results show that receiving financial resources from the family negatively affect the firms’ performance, consequently hindering the possibilities for these firms to exploit growth opportunities. These results open new scenarios concerning the eventual dark side of the family embeddedness.”

Among the topics we can address are:

  • Difficulties in fostering entrepreneurship in the midst of a COVID-19 disrupted world
  • Women entrepreneurs in innovative fields
  • Work-family conflicts and enrichment
  • Female immigrant entrepreneurs o Innovative female firms in agriculture