Networks and collaborations

Lancaster’s Centre for Family Business has collaborative links with family business practitioners, advisors, and academic communities both locally and internationally.

It is actively involved with leadership roles in the Global STEP Project for Family Enterprising founded by Babson College (USA). Engaging over 200 scholars from 41 leading universities, this global applied research initiative explores the entrepreneurial processes within business families and generates solutions that have immediate application for family leaders.

It also administers the Editorial Office for the Special Section on Family Business History in the Journal of Family Business Strategy, one of the two major international journals dedicated to family business research.

The Centre is actively involved with leading research and engagement networks in family business such as: 

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IFERA, the International Family Enterprise Research Academy, is an international network of academics, researchers and other family business key-stakeholders, dedicated to the advancement of family business research, theory and practice.

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Family Enterprise Research Conference

The Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC) was founded to develop a community of scholars interested in conducting research into understanding family firms and creating usable knowledge in this field.

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Institute for Family Business

The Institute for Family Business is a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports and represents the UK's thriving family business sector.

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The European Academy of Management (EURAM) is a professional community of engaged management scholars and reflective practitioners – open, inclusive, international and cross-cultural. It places a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary theoretical perspectives and methodological pluralism, and promotes critical examination of the historical and philosophical roots of mangement theory and praxis.

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The European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) has dedicated itself to raising the profile of European management research with respect to other established scientific disciplines as well as the business world. EIASM might best be described as the central node of a set of networks bringing together management scholars from across Europe, as well as enabling communication between Europe and other parts of the world.

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Family Firm Institute

The mission of the Family Firm Institute (FFI) is to be the most influential global network of thought-leaders in the field of family enterprise. It provides research-based learning and tools that help advisors and consultants, academics and owners to drive success.

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The Academy of Management

The Academy of Management is a professional organisation that thrives on member-driven efforts to further the scholarship of management across many categories. The Academy has a rich history in volunteerism, and many projects have resulted from members’ collaboration and passion for their work.