Build research capabilities

Dates: June 19-24, 2020 (6 days, last day in conjunction with Conference Day 1)
Location: University of the Basque Country, Bilbao - University of Cantabria, Santander (transports provided)
Target: 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.
Contents: Theories and methods, writing skills, networking and mentoring
Admissions: Acceptance based on submitted research proposal
Accommodations: In-campus rooms with preferential rates are available
Deadline: February 3, 2020
Fee: 700 Euro

The fee includes the following:
- 1 year IFERA membership
- Access to the Summer School program,
- Lunches and social events
- On site transportation and transportation to Santander for the last day of the program
- 25% discount on IFERA 2020 conference ticket

Other estimated costs:
- Accommodation in Bilbao from 18th to 23rd June (5 nights) in university facility: single room 31 euro (per day) double room 56 euro (per day)
- Dinner in university facility: 7 euro
- Optional social activity: 30 euro
- Accommodation in Santander from 23rd to 25th (two nights): variable

Please note if you are attending the IFERA 2020 Conference your stay in Santander will be longer (4 nights).

   

 

 

Summer School Guidelines

The purpose of the IFERA summer school is 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.

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. 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.

The IFERA Summer School is organized as a doctoral course with the aim to provide an overview of selected major methods streams in family business research and provide a basis for choosing theoretical perspectives for a research project (doctoral dissertation) and serves as a starting point for undertaking the process of data collection and analysis.
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.

The intention is to develop students’ critical thinking, supporting an independent and reflective approach toward research design in the field of family business research.

Three (3) academic credits (ECTS) will be assigned upon completion of the Summer School by Jönköping International Business School, Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership. In order to be assessed (passed/fail) students will be required to complete specific tasks and pitch their research project at the IFERA Shark Tank competition during the first day of the IFERA conference (June 24). The best pitch will be awarded with the IFERA Shark Award.

Structure
The IFERA Summer School follows the structure of the research process. Building on successful research designs that have been applied in family business research, or those that might become important over next years as the family business field grows further, the course provides students with an enhanced scholarly understanding of family business research methods and the right fit between research methodologies and research objectives, and actively supports the participants in developing their own research project on family business topics.Following the research process, in Day 1 students will discuss about the relevance of a research problem, discussing how to craft relevant research that will contribute to family business by achieving the fit between research question, theory, and method. During Day 2, reflecting on how to structure a literature review, students will explore the dynamics for formulating the proper research question.

On Day 3 and Day 4, the class will be separated in two different tracks, one focusing on qualitative, the other focusing on quantitative methods. For both tracks, Day 3 will be devoted to discussing data collection issues, and Day 4 data analysis.

On Day 5, the participant to the Summer School will be transferred from Bilbao to Santander, where IFERA conference will take place. This day is dedicated to personal work and preparation to the Shark Tank that will take place on Day 6. Indeed, the last day of the Summer School will be part of Research Development Day of the IFERA Conference. A special track is designed to the participant of the Summer School.

Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:
(1) Knowledge and understanding: Present and critically discuss major family business research methods.
(2) Skills and abilities: Identify appropriate perspectives from family business to construct an empirical framework for a research project and apply appropriate research methods to a particular research project in family business.
(3) Judgement and approach: Critically evaluate research designs in the family business literature and discuss the appropriateness of a particular research designs as applied to a specific research project in family business.

Program Structure
The full program will be published here.

Accreditation and Organizational Details
Three (3) academic credits (ECTS) will be assigned upon completion of the Summer School by Jönköping International Business School, Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership. Full attendance is required to obtain the certificate. Students are required to come prepared (there will be a preparatory assignments), having read the course literature in advance. Each day, students will be engaged in lectures, workshops and presentation seminars; students are required to take an active approach to their own learning.
The Lecturers of the Summer School will facilitate interaction and dialogue during the course activities, but participants will also have to spend time on reading, writing and reflecting before and during the Summer School. There are written assignments and oral presentations during the course. All parts of the examination must be passed to achieve a grade in the course. The grades for the course are “pass” or “fail”.
- Seminars attendance and active contribution to discussion (30%) fulfill ILOs 1, 2
- Group Assignment during course (20%) ILO 1
- Assignment 1: Submission of research proposal (10%) ILO 3
- Assignment 2: Article discussion (20%) fulfill ILOs 2
- Assignment 3: Final presentation of course project (i.e. “shark tank”) (20%) fulfill ILO 3

Application process
Submissions for the Summer School 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 (for more info about the submission process please click here).
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 Supervisor (if already determined) or a faculty member who knows you and your research interests.

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

A maximum number of 20 participants per each track (qualitative and quantitative) will be accepted. Priority for the enrollment will be given to doctoral students, and only doctoral students will receive the credits.

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

Shark Tank Award
Slip into the role of a researcher entrepreneur and receive intellectual funding for your idea!
A good research pitch works in many ways like an entrepreneurial idea: you spot an opportunity, orchestrate your resources, convince your target audience, and put your idea into practice. As the last part of the Summer School, all participants will therefore pitch their ideas in a Shark Tank. Like the reality TV show, each participant will pitch a research idea to a group of senior scholars.
The Shark Tank will unfold in two rounds: in the first round, all participants of the Summer School will pitch their idea in three parallel sessions to a group of senior scholars. In each session, the senior scholars will choose the best pitch. The best three pitches will be held again in front of the whole group and the complete panel of senior scholars. The winner of the pitch will be the recipient of the First Shark Tank Award.
Each Summer School participant has 4 minutes to pitch an idea. The pitch should include a hook, a short background and theoretical frame, the methodology behind the study, and findings. We invite both finalized, work-in-progress, as well as completely new ideas. Each participant needs to hand in a paragraph-long abstract of their idea. In opposite to the rest of the conference, the pitch will be done without Power Point slides. After each pitch, the participant will receive feedback from the Sharks, who will decide which pitch makes it to the finals.

Contacts
Questions related to the Summer School program and activities can be addressed to Massimo Baù (Jönköping International Business School) at massimo.bau@ju.se.