Selection Criteria

The Research Scholars Program exists to encourage faculty to conduct new, high quality research with an emphasis on family business dimensions. Research may involve a broad range of issues and methodologies including theoretical, empirical, and case studies.

The goal of the Research Scholars Program is to help expand the family business body of knowledge, initially in the academic realm, then to consultants and texts. The Research Scholars Program is designed to stimulate new quality research that may not develop without the support, or at least not as quickly.

The ultimate criterion is the contribution likely to be made to the family business literature as measured by publication within the leading academic journals, a guideline the referees will be using.

Consequently, applicants should present information that will convey that their research will be likely to be publishable and completed within one year's time. To help in the review process, all proposals must include the following sections:

  • A description of the project
  • The research objectives
  • Justification or need for the study
  • A brief literature review
  • Methodology
  • A project timeline
  • General outline for the use of funds
  • Referred journals targeted for publication


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