The IFERA Summer School 2022 on Family Business Research Methods took place from May 2 to June 14, 2022. The Summer School was structured with the format of a Doctoral Course organized by CeFEO and Jönköping International Business School.

Organizing Team

A close collaboration between CeFEO and IFERA and the power of this combined network, allowed to involved an incredible number of family business scholars in the Summer School. Among the 46 scholars part of this journey, 8 CeFEO Faculty Members and 3 CeFEO Affiliated Members.

The members of the Organizing Team are:

  • Massimo Baù, Director of the Summer School and Course Examiner
  • Josh Hsueh, Corse Coordinator
  • Mara Brumana, Course Coordinator
  • Sabrina Schell, Course Coordinator
  • Mattias Walkirch, Coordinator of the Shark Tank
  • Valentina Re, IFERA Executive Director

organising team


Teaching Team

Some of the top scholar in the field introduced the doctoral students to the most relevant and challenging topics of family business research methods. The course consists in 15 sessions:

  • Introduction – Massimo Baù
  • Research problem – Alfredo De Massis
  • Meeting the tutors – Sabrina Shell, Mara Brumana, & Tutors
  • Research Philosophy – Markus Plate & Massimo Baù
  • Literature Review – Emanuela Rondi
  • Qualitative data collection – Nadine Kammerlander
  • Experiment – Josh Hsueh & Max Lude
  • Quantitative data collection – Cristina Cruz & Lucia Naldi
  • Qualitative data analysis – Josip Kotlar
  • QCA – Ryan Rumble
  • Quantitative data analysis – Francesco Chirico & Massimo Baù
  • Research dissemination – Joseph Astrachan & Torsten Pieper
  • Shark tank semi-finals – Matthias Waldkirch & Judges
  • Wrap up – Massimo Baù & Josh Hsueh
  • Shark tank finals – Matthias Waldkirch & Judges

teaching team


Tutoring Team

Each Doctoral Student is accompanied in the process by a Tutor. Tutors can provide insight into their own career development and share tips and tricks. They can also can assist in getting best involved in the family business research community and identify opportunities.
They help with Shark Tank preparation and provide general tips on writing a dissertation and building an academic career.

teaching team

Shark Tank Judges

Doctoral students are invited to slip into the role of a researcher entrepreneur and receive intellectual funding for their idea! A good research pitch works in many ways like an entrepreneurial idea: spot an opportunity, orchestrate resources, convince the target audience, and put the idea into practice. As the last part of the Summer School, Doctoral Students pitch their ideas in a Shark Tank and compete for the final award.

teaching team

Class of 2022

Eighteen doctoral students, from 15 different academic institutions located in 8 countries, participated to the second edition of the Summer School from May 2 to June 16, 2022.

Click here to see the Alumni.