Announcement of the winners of the 2013 JIBSCeFEO Family Business Thesis Award

A jury consisting of professors from Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO) at JIBS have evaluated and awarded Bachelor and Master theses on family business topics written by JIBS students during autumn 2012 and spring 2013.

Here are the winners of the 2013 JIBS/CeFEO Family Business Thesis Award:

1st Prize: 12 000 SEK

Just like a marriage? Success factors in the relationship between the non-family CEO and the owner family (Master Thesis)

Authors: Martin Steffan Pinhack and Mattias Christian Waldkirch – Supervisor: Assistant Prof. Annika Hall


The thesis deals with an interesting subject of relevance for family firms. It is solid and well written, and it provides important insights by supporting theories with a valid use of quotation in a deep case study in the context of family firms.

2nd Prize: 10 000 SEK

After the ground stopped shaking: socioemotional wealth and social capital in post-disaster recovery of small business (Master Thesis)

Authors: Rocky Adiguna and Abshir Sharif – Supervisor: Associate Prof. Lucia Naldi


The thesis is ambitious and well written, and presents a valid statistical analysis. It challenges different theories and introduces an interesting new theoretical model to discuss small family firms re-start after a natural disaster.

3rd Prize: 9 000 SEK

A cultural extension on familiness. A case study on Spendrups Bryggeri AB (Bachelor Thesis)

Authors: Anders Erikson, Jonatan Ovall, Arvid Scheller – Supervisor: Associate Prof. Anders Melander


The thesis present a solid theoretical framework in the family business literature. It is interesting and well written, and it provides a good qualitative research approach based on a very deep interview process.

These awards have been made possible through a donation from Henry and Sylvia Toft Foundation, with the purpose of supporting the development and dissemination of knowledge of family owned firms.