Centre for Family Entrepreneurship and Ownership


The research at CeFEO is conducted in different research projects that involve one or more affiliated researchers.

Research at CeFEO is conducted through different research projects in the areas of family business and/or ownership (e.g., entrepreneurship; resource management; internationalization; product development and innovation; ownership transitions in terms of succession and exit strategies—sale, M&A, dissolution; failure and bankruptcy, CSR; and crowdfunding) and involve one or more affiliated researchers, often with other scholars from JIBS and/or from other universities and business schools.

CeFEO research strives to be interdisciplinary. For instance, historically at JIBS, researchers from business administration have been encouraged to collaborate with researchers from other disciplines (e.g., economics and commercial law) either within or across specific research projects. This approach creates unique breadth in the center’s research activities.

Mapping the research topics at CeFEO illustrates the multifacted nature of the research carried out in the center.


  • Family ownership
  • Ownership transfer
  • Succession
  • Meaning of ownership
  • Ownership forms
  • Hybrid ownership
  • Psychological ownership
  • Crowdfunding
  • Corporate governance
  • The role of advisors
  • Legal aspects


  • Entrepreneurial lifecycle
  • New venture creation/Start-ups
  • Entrepreneurial orientation
  • Entrepreneurial intentions
  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial families/Family entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial couples
  • Entrepreneurship by mothers
  • Portfolio/Serial entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial entry/exit
  • Spin off/Spin out/Spawn
  • Rural/Urban entrepreneurship
  • Failure


  • Firm performance
  • Firm growth
  • Firm internationalization
  • Firm innovation
  • Portfolio/M&A
  • Human resources
  • Career


  • Strategy-as-practice
  • Organizational change
  • Strategy making
  • Entrepreneurial process
  • Innovation processes


  • Responsibility
  • Sustainability
  • Philanthropy
  • Morality
  • CSR
  • Spirituality and religion


  • Accounting and auditing professions
  • Accounting choice
  • Accounting practices
  • Auditing
  • Control practices
  • Financial accounting
  • Financial instruments
  • Financial and non-financial reporting
  • Earnings management
  • Management accounting
  • Management control

Other aspects

  • Family capital/familiness
  • Divorce
  • Succession
  • Emotions, identity and wellbeing
  • Socioemotional wealth
  • Reputation management
  • Theory development

Content updated 2020-02-13

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