Francesca Maria Cesaroni is Full Professor of Business Administration at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Department of Economic, Society, Politics. She teaches accounting and entrepreneurship and small business at the School of Economics, University of Urbino.

Her research focuses on SMEs, entrepreneurship, women-owned firms, family firms and succession processes. She is the Director of the Research Centre on Entrepreneurship and Small-Medium-Sized Firms, University of Urbino, Italian Vice-President for ECSB-European Council of Small Business and Co-Editor of the journal Piccola Impresa.