The Family Owned Business Institute is dedicated to providing and facilitating quality academic research. The purpose of the Research Scholar Program is to encourage faculty and doctoral candidates to conduct high quality research with an emphasis on family business dimensions. Research is the key to uncovering the truth underlying these discussions. The FOBI Scholars further facilitate this rigorous inquiry. Since the inception of the Research Scholar Program, FOBI has sponsored more than sixty scholars. In 2003, the Research Scholar Program expanded and began accepting international applications. As a result, FOBI is pleased to have received high quality applications worldwide. The Research Scholar Program is a competitive program that provides $20,000 in research awards annually.

2011 Scholars

 

Dianne H.B. Welsh: University of North Carolina

Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh is the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Bryan School of Business and Economics and the Founder and Executive Director of the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at The University of North Carolina Greensboro. Dr. Welsh serves as the Vice President of Programs for the Small Business Institute and Program Chair-Elect for the Technology and Innovation Division of the Academy of Management. She was appointed by Governor Purdue in January 2010 to the first North Carolina Innovation Council. Dianne created the Bachelor of Science degree in Entrepreneurship, two minors, a graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship, and spearheaded the development of 38 cross-disciplinary Entrepreneurship courses for the University of North Carolina in 20 departments. She won the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship across Disciplines Award in 2010 and the Small Business Institute Best Practices Award in 2011.

"Family Offices and the Future"

Kirby Rosplock: GenSpring Family Offices

Dr. Kirby Rosplock, Ph.d. is Director of Research & Development at GenSpring Family Offices. She earned her undergraduate degree, with honors, from Middlebury College, and an M.B.A. from Marquette University, with an emphasis in Private Equity Finance and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Rosplock has her Ph.d. in Organizational Systems from Saybrook Graduate School. Dr. Rosplock's research includes the Women & Wealth Study (2006), Men & Wealth Study (2007), the Alignment Study (2008), and the ongoing, Sustaining the Family Enterprise Study. She is the editor of A Family’s Guide to Wealth: Insights from Thought Leaders and Pioneers (2009) and has published in Family Business Magazine and the Journal of Wealth Management, as well as has a number of white papers published through GenSpring Family Offices. A co-owner of a family business, White Lotus Collection, Dr. Rosplock is also 5th generation family member and owner of Babcock Lumber Co. 

"Family Offices and the Future"

Juan Roure: IESE Business School - Spain

Dr. Juan Roure is Professor of Entrepreneurship at IESE Business School. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford, INSEAD, Harvard Business School, and CEIBS (China). He has a graduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), M.B.A. from ESADE, and Ph.d. from the University of Stanford. He has recently published “The Cycle of the Private Equity in Europe.” He is a founder-member of the IESE Forum of Private Investors and Family Offices. Dr. Roure is the coauthor of “Good Governance of Family Business”, published by the Instituto de la Empresa Familiar.  In addition he is Co-Founder and member of the Board of the Association ‘Europe’s 500: Entrepreneurs for Growth’ and has collaborated with the European Venture Capital Association (EVCA) during last the 10 years. In 2000, he was selected by Time magazine as one of the 25 ‘Most Influential People on the European Technology scene’.

"Family Offices and the Future"

Juan Luis Segurado: IESE Business School - Spain

Biographical Information Coming Soon

"Family Offices and the Future"

Allison Pearson: Mississippi State University

Allison Pearson is the W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Management at Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi. She received her Ph.d. in Organizational Behavior from Auburn University.   Dr. Pearson utilizes her background in organizational behavior to research team dynamics in organizations, including family firms. Her research has been published in Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Decision Sciences, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Business Research, Family Business Review, and has been featured in Worth Magazine and the NBC Today Show.  She is an Associate Editor for Family Business Review and serves on the Editorial Board of four journals. Dr. Pearson is the Richard C. Adkerson Notable Scholar and a John Grisham Master Teacher at Mississippi State University.

"Measuring Performance in Family Businesses:  The State of the Art and Roadmap for Advancing Family Business Research and Practice"

Daniel Holt: Mississippi State University

Biographical Information Coming Soon

"Measuring Performance in Family Businesses:  The State of the Art and Roadmap for Advancing Family Business Research and Practice"

Jon Carr: Texas Christian University

Biographical Information Coming Soon

"Measuring Performance in Family Businesses:  The State of the Art and Roadmap for Advancing Family Business Research and Practice"

Börje Boers: Jönköping International Business School - Sweden

Börje Boers received a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Economics and Business Studies from Växjö University, Sweden, in 2003. He holds also a Master of International Business Administration and a Diplom-Betriebswirt from Hamburg University of Economics and Politics, Germany. Before becoming a Ph.d. Candidate at JIBS Börje worked as authorized officer and head of personnel and administration at his family’s business (10 employees) in the service industry. He is still an advisor to the firm. Moreover, he worked several years in the German insurance industry. His previous research combined his interest in small and medium sized enterprises with organizational learning. He conducted a research project together with Associate Professor Mattias Nordqvist focused on family businesses on the stock-exchange. His dissertation research deals with organizational identity in family controlled media firms. His current research interests are organizational and hybrid identity as well as heterogeneity of family firms.

"Understand Hybrid Identity Organizations: The Case of Publicly listed Family Businesses"

Mattias Nordqvist: Jönköping International Business School - Sweden 

Mattias Nordqvist is the Hamrin International Professor of Family Business and Co-Director of CeFEO and on the faculty of Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization and Leadership (ESOL). He also serves as the Associate Dean for Doctoral Programs at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS). Dr. Nordqvist is on the board of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) and on the scientific committee of the Center for Young and Family Enterprise (Cyfe) of the University of Bergamo, Italy. He has been selected twice (2011 and 2007) as a Family Owned Business Institute Research Scholar and serves as an external Research Fellow at the Family Business Center, University of St Gallen, Switzerland. Mattias is also a founding associate editor of the Journal of Family Business Strategy, and serves on the editorial board of the Family Business Review and Enterpreneurship Theory and Practice. He is currently co-editing the Sage Handbook of Family Business (with Leif Melin and Pramodita Sharma). 

"Understand Hybrid Identity Organizations: The Case of Publicly listed Family Businesses"

Mahendra Joshi: Grand Valley State University

Biographical Information Coming Soon

"Family Business Identity and Information Exploration"

2010 Scholars

Richard L. Gottschall

Richard Gottschall: Concordia University                                              

Richard Gottschall is a doctoral candidate researching entrepreneurial family firms at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal. His doctoral thesis focuses on the impact of family human capital on innovation by family firms. The theoretical framework of this thesis was presented at the 2010 FERC meetings and the 2010 AoM conference. He is currently a faculty member at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and has worked as an entrepreneur, for the New York State Small Business Development Centers and with the United States Agency for International Development.  

"Human Capital Impacts on Innovation in Entrepreneurial Family Firms"

Alexandra Dawsom

Alexandra Dawson: Concordia University

Dr. Alexandra Dawson is an Assistant Professor at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business. She received her Ph.d. in Management from Bocconi University, Milan (Italy) in 2007, with a dissertation on the private equity investment process in family firms. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Dawson obtained an M.Sc. in Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management (1994) from the London School of Economics (UK) and was a manager with a strategy consulting firm in London (UK), providing investment advice to private equity firms (1995-2001). 

"Human Capital Impacts on Innovation in Entrepreneurial Family Firms"

Pramodita Sharma: Concordia University

Dr. Pramodita Sharma (Ph.d., University of Calgary) is the CIBC Distinguished Professor of Family Business at the John Molson School of Business. She serves as the editor of Family Business Review and a visiting scholar at Babson College, where she serves as the Global Director for the Successful Trans-generational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP). In addition to two co-authored books and several book chapters, she has published over twenty five scholarly articles on family business studies. In 2009, she received the Distinguished Senior Researcher Award from John Molson School of Business. She is a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute, and has served in several roles in the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. She is also the co-founder of the Family enterprise Research Conference. Dr. Sharma has been honored twice (2010 and 2007) by Grand Valley State University as a Family Owned Business Institute Research Scholar.

"Human Capital Impacts on Innovation in Entrepreneurial Family Firms"

 David Hanisch

David Hanisch: European Business School

David Hanisch is a Ph.d. candidate at INTES Center for Family Enterprise of Wissenchaftliche Hochschule für Unternehmensführung (WHU) Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany). He holds a business degree from European School of Business Reutlingen (Germany) and Dublin City University Business School (Ireland). Before starting his Ph.d. he pursued a career at an international operating top management consultancy. His research interests lay in the areas of family businesses, boundary decisions, and organizational context.

"Contextualizing Organizational Boundary Decisions: Management Consulting in Family Businesses"

 

Sabine B. Klein: WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management 

Dr. Sabine Klein is Professor of Strategy and Family Business and has joined Wissenchaftliche Hochschule für Unternehmensführung (WHU) in 2010. She studied management and psychology at the Universities of Münster and Munich. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Bayreuth in 1990. She founded her own business before joining her family’s business before re-starting her academic career as a Research Fellow at INSEAD in 2001. In 2003 Dr. Klein took over the presidency of the international family business researchers, ifera (www.ifera.org) which she led until 2007. She also wrote one of the first textbooks on family business now published in the 3rd edition. She has been honored twice (2010 and 2005) by Grand Valley State University as a Family Owned Business Institute Research Scholar.

"Contextualizing Organizational Boundary Decisions: Management Consulting in Family Businesses" 

Jayanth Jayaram

Jayanth Jayaram: University of South Carolina

Dr. Jayanth Jayaram is the Moore Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Management Science in the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. He obtained his Ph.d. in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University and M.B.A. in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. He had eight years of work experience in multinational companies and consulting firms prior to receiving his M.B.A. He is professionally certified as a Chartered Accountant from India. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, and Journal of Supply Chain Management. Dr. Jayaram has been honored twice (2010 and 2007) by Grand Valley State University as a Family Owned Business Institute Research Scholar.

"A Case Study Analysis of Logistics and Supply Chain Management Strategies in Small and Medium Enterprise Family Owned Businesses in India."
 

 Jaideep Motwani

Jaideep Motwani: Grand Valley State University 

Dr. Jaideep Motwani, Department of Management Chair at Grand Valley State University, earned his Ph.d. from the University of North Texas. His current areas of teaching include Operations Management and Service and Quality Management. Dr. Motwani has earned the Grand Valley State University's Outstanding Teacher award in 1998. He serves on the Editorial Board of several leading industry journals, such as the Journal of Business Strategies and the International Journal of Quality and Reliability. Dr. Motwani's current research includes total quality management (TQM), technology management, and operations strategy and implementation. He has been honored three times (2010, 2006, and 2001) by Grand Valley State University as a Family Owned Business Institute Research Scholar.

"A Case Study Analysis of Logistics and Supply Chain Management Strategies in Small and Medium Enterprise Family Owned Businesses in India."

Pramodita Sharma

Mita Dixit: Equations Management Consultants

Dr. Mita Dixit, Chief Consultant at Equations, has earned a Doctorate in Business Management from BITS Pilani University (India) and Master's in Marketing Management from Mumbai University with a Chemical Engineering background. Mita has extensive cross-functional experience in marketing, market research, brand management, and organization development.  She has worked in India and abroad as a marketing professional with renowned corporations in brand management, market research, and advertising domains. Her strength is providing business growth consulting to small and medium-sized businesses, especially family owned and managed businesses. Academically, Mita has done extensive research on conflict, survival, and growth challenges. 

"A Case Study Analysis of Logistics and Supply Chain Management Strategies in Small and Medium Enterprise Family Owned Businesses in India."

 

Torsten M. Pieper: Kennesaw State University

Dr. Torsten M. Pieper is Assistant Professor of Management at the Coles College of Business ad Research Director at the Cox Family Enterprise center at Kennesaw State University (KSU). His research is in the areas of family business and strategic management and has been published in a variety of scholarly outlets. he teaches research methods and dissertation design classes in the new Kennesaw State University Doctor of Business Administration Program. Dr. Pieper is the Assistant Editor of the new Elsvier titled Journal of Family Business Strategy. He has been honored twice (2010 and 2008) by Grand Valley State University as a Family Owned Business Institute Research Scholar.

"Toward a Theory of Accountability in Family Businesses"

Rebbeca Guidice: University of Nevada

Dr. Rebecca M. Guidice is Assistant Professor of Management in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She earned her Ph.d. from Washington State University. Her current research interests include issues related to corporate governance, entrepreneurship, accountability, and competitive bluffing. Sr. Guidice has published in many peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Management, Human Resource Management, and the Journal of Business Ethics

"Toward a Theory of Accountability in Family Businesses"
 

Neal Mero: Kennesaw State University

Dr. Neal Mero is Professor of Management in the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. He earned his Ph.d. from the University of Florida and has served on the faculties of the University of Mississippi, Washington State University, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Prior to joining Kennesaw, Neal was a Vice President for AACSB International working on strategic issues facing business schools including addressing the doctoral faculty shortage. Neal's research has been published in several leading research journals and he also has co-authored two books in the field of organizational behavior. 

"Toward a Theory of Accountability in Family Businesses"

 

Tim Hasso

Tim Hasso: Bond University

Tim Hasso is a Ph.d. candidate at Bond University (Australia) and a Research Associate at the Australian Centre for Family Business. His primary research deals with valuation of family businesses. Specifically, the thesis is that the sustainable competitive advantages of family businesses arise from the intangible assets that the firms hold. These intangible assets are usually not reported or disclosed in financial statements, making accounting information less useful for valuing family businesses. His research interests include family business valuation, intangible asset measurement, brand valuation, and corporate governance.

"Inherent Family Business Brand Equity and Consumers' Product Preferences"
 

Francesco Barbera: Bond University 

Francesco Barbera is a doctoral candidate researching economics at Bond University in Queensland, Australia. He achieved a MCom (Honours) Degree from Bond University in Economics. his research interests encompass a wide range of macroeconomic issues such as U.S mortgage market dynamics, climate change policy in Australia, and exchange rate architecture in East Asia. Barbera currently serves as a Research Associate at the Australian Centre for Family Business where he is currently investigating Australian small to medium-sized enterprises. Specifically, his research is focused on production factor allocation and productivity differences between family and non-family firms using an economic framework.

"The Impact of Family Involvement on Productivity of the Firm"

Ken Moores: Bond University

Dr. Ken Moores is currently Professor in Management (Family Business) and Director of the Australian Centre for Family Business. his research interests have included management accounting, finance, strategic planning, corporate governance, and leadership development in family businesses.

"The Impact of Family Involvement on Productivity of the Firm"

2009 Scholars

Francesco Chirico: University of Lugano

Dr. Francesco Chirico is currently a Visiting Scholar at Texas A&M University, Mays Business School. He completed his Ph.d. in Economics at the Institute of Management at the University of Lugano (Switzeland) in February 2008 as Summa Cum Laude. He spent a research period as Visiting Scholar at the Wilfrid Laurier University under the supervision of Pramodita Sharma. He is a member of the International Family Enterprise Research Association (IFERA). Dr. Chirico has participated in several international conferences and published several articles in international journals and books. His research interests focus on entrepreneurship and family business, knowledge management, dynamic capabilities, entrepreneurial innovation, and resource shedding.

"Dynamic Capabilities in Family Firms: A Knowledge-Based Approach"

Carlo Salvato: Università of Bocconi - Italy

Dr. Carlo Salvato  is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management and entrepreneurship at Università Bocconi in Milan, Italy. He obtained a Ph.d. in Business Administration and Management from Bocconi University and a Ph.d. in Entrepreneurship and Management from Jönköping International Business School, Sweden. His current research focus is on the microfoundations and evolution of entrepreneurial capabilities in closely-held firms. He has published research on social capital as an antecedent of entrepreneurial capabilities, determinants of entrepreneurial behaviour in family firms, and exit as a component of entrepreneurial processes. He is also associate editor of the Family Business Review.

"Dynamic Capabilities in Family Firms: A Knowledge-Based Approach"

Sonia Dalmia: Grand Valley State University

Dr. Sonia Dalmia is an Associate Professor of Economics at Grand Valley State University. She received a B.A.(Honors) in Economics and a B.Ed. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Delhi in India. Dr. Dalmia has M.A. degrees in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and from the University of Oklahoma. She received her Ph.d. in Economics from the University of Iowa in 2000. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Committee on the Status of Women in Economics Profession, International Association for Feminist Economics, American Economic Association, and the International Atlantic Economic Society. In 2005 she received the Barbara Jordan Award for being an advocate of women and women's issues on Grand Valley's campus.

"The Succession Process: An Examination of Perceptions from Stakeholders' Perspectives"

Nancy M. Levenburg: Grand Valley State University

Dr. Nancy M. Levenburg is an Associate Professor in the Management Department at Grand Valley State University and Vice-Chair of the University Academic Senate. Her primary research interests include family business, small business management, and strategic applications of information technologies. Dr. Levenburg was the recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration's award as "Research Advocate of the Year - 2003" for the State of Michigan, and has been honored three times (2009, 2005, and 2002) by Grand Valley State University as a Family Owned Business Institute Research Scholar.

"The Succession Process: An Examination of Perceptions from Stakeholders' Perspectives"

Reg Litz: University of Manitoba

Dr. Reginald (Reg) Litz is Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He received his Ph.d. in Strategic Planning and Policy from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. his work has been published in several entrepreneurship publications. His excellence in teaching has been acknowledge through numerous awards and recognition including the Certified Management Accountants Award for Teaching and Research. his research interests include small incumbent strategy, family enterprise, and business ethics. His current research centers on metaphorical approaches to understanding the family business - business family interface. Dr. Litz has been honored twice (2009 and 2006) by Grand Valley State University as a Family Owned Business Institute Research Scholar.

"The House of: When Family Businesses and Business Families Rise, Stand, Fall, and Rise Again"

Esra Memili: Mississippi State University

Esra Memili is a doctoral candidate in Management and Research Assistant of the Center of Family Enterprise Research at Mississippi State University. She will be starting her new faculty position at the University of north Carolina at Greensboro. Her research in family business has been accepted in refereed journals such as Family Business Review. One of her papers, presented at the Academy of Management Conference, has been selected for the Best Paper Proceedings. Esra is the Mississippi State University College of Business Outstanding Doctoral Research  Award 2009 and 2010 recipient.

"Non-family Managers' Compensation in Family Firms: Tournament and Game Theory Perspectives"

Kaustav Misra: Mississippi State University

Dr. Kaustav Misra is an Assistant Professor at Saginaw Valley State University. He received his Ph.d. in Applied Economics from Mississippi State University in 2010. Dr. Misra received his M.B.A. in Business Administration and M.A. in Marketing from Webster University in 2002 and 2003. His primary research areas include labor economics, public economics, and family business. Dr. Misra is the recipient of the 2009 Best Graduate Student Paper in Economics from the Academy of Finance and Economic Conference and Best Paper Presentations Award in 2008 at the International Conference on Economic and Management Perspectives (ICEMP).

"Non-family Managers' Compensation in Family Firms: Tournament and Game Theory Perspectives"

James J. Chrisman: Mississippi State University

Dr. James J. Chrisman (Ph.d., University of Georgia) is a Professor of Management and Director of the Center of Family Enterprise Research at Mississippi State University. He also holds a joint appointment as a Research Fellow with the Centre of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at the University of Alberta. Dr. Chrisman serves as Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and as a Field Editor for Journal of Business Venturing. His research interests are in family business, entrepreneurship, and strategic management. Dr. Chrisman has been honored twice (2009 and 2007) by Grand Valley State University as a Family Owned Business Institute Research Scholar.

"Non-family Managers' Compensation in Family Firms: Tournament and Game Theory Perspectives"