About

Following the initiative taken by Kristin Cappuyns (IESE, Spain), a small group of committed family business researchers came together to hold meetings specifically to discuss family business research (Barcelona, 1999 and Amsterdam, 2000).

The purpose was to share experiences and network at an international level. At these meetings, it became evident that family business research, theory and practice had been emerging rapidly over the last decade. The field had reached a stage where there was a need for further quality improvement through enhanced collaboration and accelerated learning from best practices.

Researchers in the family business field desperately needed a platform allowing them to meet and exchange information on a regular basis. And so, in January 2001, an international team of researchers met in Barcelona to work out some basic protocols for a formal organization, named IFERA, The International Family Enterprise Research Academy.

Since its very beginning, IFERA counts on the support of an extended group of researchers from the family business field, whose membership is growing exponentially.


Founding Board

Joe Astrachan
Formerly Kennesaw State Univ.
Wachovia Chair of Family Business
USA

Christine Blondel
INSEAD
France

Daniela Montemerlo
SDA Bocconi
Bocconi University
Italy

Salvatore Tomaselli
Palermo University
Italy

Albert Jan Thomassen
Tias Business School
Family Business Center
Netherlands

Kristin Cappuyns
IESE International Business School
Family Business Chair
Spain

Kosmas Smyrnios
School of Marketing
RMIT University
Australia

Panikkos Poutziouris
Manchester Science Enterprise Centre
United Kingdom

Alvaro Vilaseca
IEEM
University of Montevideo
Uruguay

From left to right:

Albert Jan Thomassen
Tias Business School
Family Business Center
Netherlands

Joe Astrachan
Formerly Kennesaw State Univ.
Wachovia Chair of Family Business
USA

Kristin Cappuyns
IESE International Business School
Family Business Chair
Spain

Christine Blondel
INSEAD
France

Kosmas Smyrnios
School of Marketing
RMIT University
Australia

Daniela Montemerlo
SDA Bocconi
Bocconi University
Italy

Panikkos Poutziouris
Manchester Science Enterprise Centre
United Kingdom

Salvatore Tomaselli
Palermo University
Italy

Alvaro Vilaseca
IEEM
University of Montevideo
Uruguay


Governance

Ifera Board

The IFERA Board aided by the Executive Team, has the overall responsibility of charting the development of the organization and managing its growing portfolio of research initiatives.


Executive Commitee

The IFERA Executive Committee manages all IFERA operations and day to day activities following the Board of Directors strategy and guidelines


Our Team

The IFERA Team supports the organization on a continuous basis and on many different projects. Our heroes are:


Fellows

Fellows act as a sounding board for strategic decisions. Fellows are eminent scholars who have contributed substantially to the advancement of the field of family business research and have been honoured by IFERA. Fellows widely participate and support IFERA activities and act as ambassadors of the organization in various academic and research communities and other policy-making bodies.