The purpose of this doctoral course is to provide an overview of central perspectives (theories) and themes (issues) in the field of family business research. With perspectives we refer to important theories
and conceptual frameworks that either have been applied in family business research or that harbor major promise to be applied in this field of research. We explore the trends that have been in focus in family business research so far – or that we see might become important over next years as the family business field grows further.

Course content

The course should provide students with an enhanced scholarly understanding of
family business research as well as active support in developing their own research project on family business topics.

The students will learn and discuss about the main theoretical perspectives in family business research and explore the emerging trends in the field. The core of family business is the interaction between two systems: the family and the firm. The combination of these contexts leads to specific characteristics that we rarely see in other businesses, offering the unique opportunity to apply and extend conceptual perspectives and theories originally developed in other fields and disciplines.

Date and place

The PhD course is running as an intense, full days course at Campus Gränna during week 17, April 24 - 28, 2023. Housing is provided in Gränna during the course week. There is no course fee, but the participants are required to pay for travel expenses etc. (Accomodation? Food?)

The doctoral course is organized by CeFEO and administrated by Jönköping International Business School (JIBS).

The course has a maximum of 14 places. The seats are accessible via the "first come, first served" principle. The last day to apply is January 29, 2023.

Application form Word, 58.8 kB.

Course description and schedule

Course syllabus Pdf, 100 kB.

If you have any questions, please contact the course coordinator:

Massimo Baù, JIBS