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Doctoral Consortium

The Doctoral consortium is designed as interactive and educational events for doctoral students and junior faculty members developing and nurturing a career of scholarship in the family business field. The doctoral consortium (DC) is open to any scholar interested in an introduction to family business research, especially doctoral students at early stages of their studies and scholars who are new to family business research.

It provides an opportunity to familiarize with the field, share the latest state of their research, learn from and get socialized via close interaction with their peers and experienced participating faculty. Participants will have the opportunity to attend introductory sessions by renowned scholars and will benefit from feedback on their research thanks to the guidance of skilled facilitators who are experienced researchers in the field.

Most of the content of the IFERA 2021 Doctoral Consortium will be open to all IFERA 2021 conference participants under the Research Development Track

However, enrolled participants in the doctoral consortium have the opportunity to get feedback and guidance on their research from skilled researchers in the field  in a one-to-one session. To participate in this doctoral consortium session, doctoral students are required to make a submission (Deadline March 1, 2021):


Session Overview


Anyone who wishes an introduction to family business research. Special focus on early stage PhD students.


1 to 1 session with senior scholars to discuss the research proposal


Acceptance based on submitted research proposal.


Included in the Annual Conference ticket but requires separate submission.


March 1, 2021 .

Submission Guidelines

Submissions for the Doctoral Consortium should include:

  1. The Research Proposal (minimum 750 - maximum 1000 words) exploring either one specific study or the whole dissertation, including goals of the research, theoretical background, methodology, findings and expected contributions.
  2. Your CV, reflecting your current interest and capabilities in family business research (please include your university affiliation)
  3. Only for doctoral students: Letter of recommendation from your dissertation supervisor (if already determined) or a faculty member who knows you and your research interests.

Submit your application to:

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Doctoral Proposal Award

Research proposals submitted to the doctoral consortium and the summer school by doctoral students will be subject to a double-blind review process by experienced supervisors of doctoral students in the family business field. The best submissions will be shortlisted for the Doctoral Proposal Award. The shortlisted proposals will be blindly ranked by a jury panel of 3 eminent scholars in the field to decree the Best Doctoral Proposal.

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