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Summer School

Organized in 6 days (June 19-24, 2020), the IFERA Summer School provides the opportunity to deepen the participants’ methodological skills with regards to selection and application of qualitative and quantitative methods in the context of family business research.

The IFERA Summer School is open to doctoral students currently enrolled in a doctoral program in business administration or a related subject of a recognized business school or university.

Participants that have already earned a PhD degree are also welcomed to apply to the Summer School.

This doctoral course aims to provide an overview of selected major methods streams in family business research, provide a basis for choosing theoretical perspectives for a dissertation project and serves as a starting point for undertaking the process of data collection and analysis.

Track Overview


June 19-24, 2020 (6 days, last day in conjunction with Conference Day 1)


University of the Basque Country, Bilbao - University of Cantabria, Santander (includes campi transport)


Anyone who would like to engage in a research retreat, to deepen their knowledge of theories and methods for family business research. Special focus on mid-advanced stage PhD students and early faculty.


Theories and methods, writing skills, networking and mentoring


Acceptance based on submitted research proposal


March 2, 2020

Get to know our other 2 other yearly initiatives

Doctoral Consortium

An introduction to family business research with Introductory topics, inspiring talks, networking and mentoring. Special focus on early stage PhD students.

Paper Development Workshop

We assist researchers in the last stages of paper development to prepare their submissions to top journals, holding “How to publish” presentations, one-to-one discussions with Editors and Roundtable sessions.