His research is at the intersection of strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation, and his work focuses primarily on family businesses. On these topics, he has published articles in leading journals including Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Family Business Review and the Journal of Family Business Strategy. His research won several awards including the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings in 2016, 2015 and 2014, the 2016 Emerald Citations of Excellence, the Best Practitioner Focused Paper Award at FERC in 2014, the Best Conference Paper Award at IFERA 2014 and the Best Paper Award and Best Doctoral Student Award at FERC in 2012.
Josip Kotlar is Associate Editor of Family Business Review and member of the Editorial Review Board of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Journal of Family Business Strategy. He served as the Academic Program Chair of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) 2015 Conference.