CeFEO Research Grant

In 2019 CeFEO has initiated a Research Grant Program for supporting JIBS faculty with a Ph.D. to conduct a research project in line with the Centre’s focus areas of family business and ownership. The expected outcome of CeFEO investment is at least one publication ABS 3 (or above) from each grant recipient. The recipients are expected to be actively engaged with the center’s activities for the entire duration of the grant.

The recipients are:

1st CeFEO Research Grant

Project Desription: Transfer pricing (TP) is a way of tax avoidance usually implemented in multinational companies, involving related-party transactions with non-market prices for products, services, and/or use of intangible assets (like intellectual property). It has received increasing attention from academics, regulators, policymakers and business practitioners. Despite the public scrutiny of TP, there is surprisingly scant research on the effect of Corporate Governance on TP practice. In this study, we aim to fill the void by focusing on one crucial governance mechanism, ownership structure, to examine whether ownership structure has an impact on TP practice. To be specific, this project investigates whether family-owned multinational firms with concentrated ownership are more/less aggressive, relative to non-family ones with dispersed ownership, in TP by taking advantage of tax rate differentials between countries in which affiliate firms operate.

2nd CeFEO Research Grant

Project Description: With the increase of threats faced on our planet due to climate change, poverty, and civil conflicts, this project responds to research calls for building an understanding of broader sustainability approaches and practices of family businesses. The project aims to examine the engagement of family in sustainable entrepreneurship. Engagement is approached as a process where family members are involved in the family business and community sustainable development.

Currently, there is a paradox in the family business literature; one the one hand, research recognizes the socially responsible orientation and citizenship of family businesses. On the other hand, there are less positive and encouraging perceptions of family businesses. This paradox has resulted in different research calls. Therefore, this research will contribute to building our understanding of how family members work with family, business, and industry settings where different expectations, requirements, and contexts influence the development of sustainability and the family business. The project will also explore sustainability dynamics and how such dynamics influence the family business (and vice versa). The project will be anchored in collaboration with practitioners and will include public outreach materials and research articles.

Project Description: Sexual minorities in family businesses: Dynamics, issues, and outcomesThis research would contribute to our understanding of how sexual minority members experience, work, and cope within family management settings, leading to practically applicable insights. Furthermore, this project would have implications beyond LGBT+ businesses, since it would explore the role and influence of family dynamics on family business issues in a poorly understood setting, touching upon issues such as succession, incentives, growth, and social capital, among others. Thus, there is good scope for theoretical generalizability and conceptual development.

The project outcome would include academic articles, public outreach materials, and partnerships. The first research article would conceptualize LGBT+ family business by drawing upon parallels in the related fields of LGBT+ labour and career studies, as well as female- and immigrant-family business research. Other planned research includes empirical and exploratory studies into (1) the experiences of LGBT+ members of family businesses, and (2) the role of LGBT+ family dynamics on family business outcomes (e.g., succession, internationalization).

The project would also seek to build working partnerships with LGBT+ business and advocacy organizations, including the Scandinavian LGBT Chamber of Commerce (SGLCC) and the Swedish Federation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL).The purpose of this research project is to respond to calls for a better understanding of sexual minority members within family businesses (Al-Dajani, 2014; Combs et al., 2019; De Massis, & Foss, 2018; Jaskiewicz, & Dyer, 2017, Nicholson & Björnberg, 2008). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and other sexual minority (LGBT+) members in family businesses invoke interesting and unique family dynamics, likely affecting family businesses in ways not yet understood. This is despite evidence that LGBT+ owned businesses have a significant yet underreported economic impact (NGLCC, 2019).

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