Lancaster’s family business experts recognised among world leaders

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Lancaster University family business researchers have been ranked among the best in the world.

The Texas State University Family Business Research Productivity Rankings recognise the achievements of researchers in being published in three leading academic journals dedicated to exclusively publishing family business research.

The latest rankings feature Lancaster University in fourth in the world, and number one in the UK for family business research among almost 100 ranked institutions worldwide.

Work from members of Lancaster University Management School (LUMS)’s Centre for Family Business (CFB) has featured 13 times in the Family Business Review, Journal of Family Business Strategy, and Journal of Family Business Management during the most recent five-year period covered by the rankings, between 2018 and 2022. Authors who have been published in the journals include Professor Ellie Hamilton, Professor Sarah Jack, Professor Alfredo De Massis, Dr Giovanna Campopiano and Dr Allan Discua Cruz.

In addition to the collective success, former CFB Director Professor De Massis, now jointly with the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, in Italy, and Lancaster, was ranked number one globally among scholars at the forefront of family business research.

Dr Allan Discua Cruz, Director of the CFB in LUMS, said: “It is wonderful to see the work of Centre for Family Business members here at Lancaster recognised in the Texas State rankings.

“Family businesses are found in every country and every industry, and our activities in the Centre address a range of critical issues that they face, cutting across topics such as succession, entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, resilience, sustainability, and gender. To be ranked fourth in the world out of 98 prestigious institutions demonstrates the depth of family business research we have here at Lancaster.”

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