EuFBC European Family Business Centers

CeFEO is founding member of European Family Business Centers (EuFBC) network, formed by the 10 largest research centers conducting research in the field of family business in Europe, and located in seven different countries. As part of this initiative we aim at developing opportunity for discussion, collaboration and exchange among some of the leading scholars in the field. EuFBC represents a unique opportunity for structuring a solid European research network.

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EuFBC organizes a seminar series aiming at offering a common platform for scholars across the continent to present and debate state-of-art academic research on family business, business families, and family entrepreneurship.

While the presented research papers are already of a high-quality level, we aim to facilitate a trust-based yet constructively critical environment through which the potential of individual papers, and as such of European Family Business research at large, should improve even further.

Seminars are scheduled every other Wednesday at lunchtime (12:00-13:00 CET; 11:00-12:00 GMT). They are hosted online and are open to presenters and audience members working in- and outside the co-hosting institutions.

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EuFBC Members

The Following Centers are part of EuFBC (in alphabetic order): 

EDHEC Business School - France

  • EDHEC Family Business Research Centre
  • The mission of the EDHEC Family Business Research Centre is to inspire and support family businesses and their stakeholders in sustaining the long-term entrepreneurial model across generations through research, education and events. Building on the expertise of a multidisciplinary team, it offers a holistic approach of the family business embracing the financial and socio-emotional dimensions in regards with succession, financial decisions, social impact and family entrepreneurship.
  • Location: France
  • Director: Rania Labaki
  • Website: link

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano – Italy

  • Centre for Family Business Management
  • The Centre for Family Business Management is based in the Faculty of Economics and Management of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and is a reference point, both locally and internationally, for research, education and knowledge transfer activities in the field of family business.
  • Location: Bolzano, Italy
  • Director: Alfredo De Massis
  • Website: link

Hasselt University – Belgium

  • Research Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Firms | RCEF
  • The Research Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Firms at Hasselt University (RCEF) is an interdisciplinary group of experts passionate about family firms and entrepreneurship. The mission of the center is to create societal value through relevant and rigorous academic research, education, and high-quality services to business firms and organizations.
  • Location: Hasselt, Belgium
  • Director: Wim Voordeckers & Nadine Lybaert
  • Website: link


IPAG Business School – France

  • Entrepreneurship and Family Business Center
  • Reference for research, teaching and practice-transfer in the field of entrepreneurship and family business, the IPAG Entrepreneurship & Family Business Center involves academics from around the world, start-ups, family business owners and managers, as well as students. To achieve academic excellence, we promote the development of multidisciplinary and multicultural research by providing a framework for collaboration and networking among various actors at an international level and promoting several European projects.
  • Location: Nice, France
  • Director: Andrea Calabrò
  • Website: link


Jönköping International Business School – Sweden

  • Centre for Family Entrepreneurship and Ownership | CeFEO
  • Founded in 2005, the Centre for Family Entrepreneurship and Ownership (CeFEO) at Jönköping International Business School is a world leading research centre in the field of family business and ownership. More than 50 researchers exploring family business topics, produce academic research, commissioned research, practitioner-oriented books, as well as seminars and training courses for practitioners across Sweden. Every year, CeFEO organizes in collaboration with a partner university the EIASM Workshop on Family Firm Management Research.
  • Location: Jönköping, Sweden
  • Director: Massimo Baù
  • Website: link

Lancaster University Management School – UK

  • Centre for Family Business
  • The Centre for Family Business at Lancaster University Management School is an active community of international scholars and family businesses developing global resources to bring new and meaningful insights to advance the business practice of small and medium-sized family firms.
  • Location: Lancaster, UK
  • Director: Giovanna Campopiano
  • Website: link

University of Bergamo – Italy

  • Center for Young and Family Enterprise | CYFE
  • The Center for Young and Family Enterprise (CYFE) at the University of Bergamo is a multidisciplinary research center focused on entrepreneurship and family business. The center explores and fosters entrepreneurial culture at individual, organizational, and societal level.
  • Location: Bergamo, Italy
  • Director: Tommaso Minola
  • Website: link

University of Bern - Switzerland

  • IMU-U and IOP-P
  • Several scholars conduct Family Business research at the University of Bern at the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship (IMU-U) and the Institute for Organization and Personnel (IOP-P). Research is done from multiple theoretical and empirical perspectives, with a strong link between academic research and practice.
  • Location: Bern, Switzerland
  • Contact persons: Andreas Hack & Philipp Sieger
  • Website: IMU-U & IOP-P


WHU | Otto Beisheim School of Management – Germany

  • Institute of Family Business and Mittelstand
  • The Institute of Family Business and Mittelstand at WHU (ifbm@WHU) is located at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany, one of Europe’s leading business schools. With a team of dedicated academics and practitioners, we aim to advance our understanding of innovation, leadership and employee satisfaction, succession, inertia, business ethics and financing of family firms as well as family offices. But creating new insights is not enough. We also strive to discuss, transfer, and extend those insights in discussions with practitioners.
  • Location: Vallendar, Germany
  • Director: Nadine Kammerlander
  • Website: link


Zeppelin University, Lake Constance – Germany

  • FIF@ZU | Friedrichshafen Institute for Family Entrepreneurship
  • FIF@Zeppelin University was founded in 2009. Since then our primarily empirical research (by the way: we love experimental designs) centers around a range of questions in the family firm context, for example the perception and reputational effects of the family nature of the firm by different stakeholder groups, innovation and entrepreneurship in family firms, or the perspective of the next generation on different aspects of career development.
  • Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
  • Director: Reinhard Prügl
  • Website: link



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Content updated 2020-07-07