University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Family Enterprise Research Conference

FERC LogoThe Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC) is dedicated to developing a community of scholars interested in conducting research into understanding family firms and creating usable knowledge in this field.

Co-founded by Mark Green and Pramodita Sharma, the goal of this conference is to enable scholars to design and develop research projects that are theoretically sound, empirically accurate, and of practical significance to family firms.

We strive to ensure that this conference:

  • Helps build a global community of scholars interested in Family Enterprise Research
  • Is held annually
  • Is reasonably priced
  • Is rigorous in its standards and developmental in its tone and culture

2016 - The 12th Annual FERC

  • June 1-4, 2016; Fundação Dom Cabral, Aloysio Faria Campus, NOVA LIMA, Minas Gerais, BRAZIL
  • Co-hosts:
    • Teresa Roscoe, Fundação Dom Cabral, Brazil; Conference Chair,
    • Raj Mahto, University of New Mexico, USA; Academic Program Chair,
    • Claudio G. Müller, University of Chile, Chile; Spanish / Portugese, Program Chair,

2015 - The 11th Annual FERC Highlights


I have been to many conferences over the years, but FERC has it all: stimulating presentations, networking, ideas for research, beautiful venues--and good food. I encourage anyone who hasn't attended FERC to plan to attend in the future. Even someone like me who's been in the family business field for over 30 years finds FERC to be a wonderful learning experience.

Gibb Dyer, O. Leslie Stone Professor, Brigham Young University

FERC is a great networking opportunity. As such, FERC helped me to build up relationships with international scholars that share my research interests - indeed, it was during FERC conferences that I got to know most of my co-authors. Besides, the feedback that I received for my presentations at doctoral consortiums as well as poster presentations tremendously helped me to improve the quality of my publications.

Nadine Kammerlander, Center for Family Business, University of St. Gallen

It was great to attend the FERC conference again in 2015! Excellent keynote speeches on key issues in family business research, outstanding professors sharing their knowledge and experience with emerging scholars, all in a friendly multi-cultural environment where new research opportunities easily emerge. Don't miss it in the next years!

Salvatore Sciascia, IULM University, Milan

Having the opportunity to network with other family business scholars from around the world expanded my research opportunities. From networking and sharing our interests, since returning from FERC, I've already begun discussions of collaboration with scholars in four different countries.

Jay Orr, Mississippi State University

FERC just keeps getting better and better. The research quality is improving, the scholarly discussions are insightful, and the keynote presentations are top-notch. I highly recommend it.

Tom Lumpkin, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University

It was the best FERC I have attended, nice time with old and new friends, great posters and speakers. It really gave me new energy to continue working on developing my academic career on Family Business.

Luis Díaz Matajira, Universidad de los Andes

FERC 2015 clearly illustrated the fulfilment of the founders' vision when a genuinely international community of family business scholars sharing and learning rigorous yet relevant scholarship came together as supportive colleagues.

Ken Moores, Professor Emeritus, Bond University

We both had wonderful experiences at the FERC 2015 conference: inspiring keynote addresses, creative papers, and terrific people. Thank you all. We plan to be back!

Danny Miller & Isabelle Le Breton-Miller, HEC & University of Alberta

FERC is a unique academic and community opportunity for young and tenured scholars. Those who study family firms should take the challenge to be there. The lively and exciting poster presentation format allows for level of interactions that you usually do not get in a traditional paper presentation. Last but not least, meeting friends and new people (who then will become friends) gives to FERC an additional value-added which is its distinctive characteristic.

Andrea Calabrò, Witten Institute for Family Business, University of Witten/Herdecke

FERC is a great conference devoted to developing new scholars and building a worldwide network of family business researchers. Similar to previous conferences I have attended, the Vermont conference was well-organized and valuable for the field. It was great to see so many of my old friends and get a chance to meet so many new ones. Burlington was also a wonderful venue. The founders and organizers have reason to be proud of the way the FERC has developed.

Jim Chrisman, Mississippi State University

FERC 2015 was an energizing experience in many ways. An interesting group of scholars, researchers and outstanding guest speakers sharing ideas and learning from one another. There was a strong sense responsibility in advancing the discipline, yet at the same time we had a great time together.

Juan O. Rivera-Algarin, Inter American University
Puerto Rico

The 11th Annual FERC was the first time we attended this conference and felt that it is very important in our professional careers. Poster format sessions have enriched our work through the opinions of the participants. We will try to participate in next years, as it is a good opportunity to find a community of experts in family business with so much knowledge about the topic.

Ascensión Barroso & Ramón Sanguino, Universidad de Extremadura

FERC 2015 was fantastic! Wonderfully organized, and as usual I appreciated the sense of community, a warm welcome, and helpful feedback on research. Thank you to the conference organizers and Chairs of the Career Day and Academic program!

Kathleen Randerson, EDC Paris Business School & EMLyon Business School

The 2015 Conference was my first participation in FERC and I am more than pleased with the experience. The feedback we received allowed us to see new prospects and strengthen our motivation to continue improving our work. In FERC I was able to interact with academics with extensive experience, as well as others like me, who are beginning to grow in this area. For me, FERC constitutes an opportunity that cannot be missed to learn, make contacts from different parts of the world and improve research.

Ana Cristina González, Universidad Icesi

FERC was a great introduction into the field of family business. The Career Academy offered a chance to interact with and hear from top family business scholars about the current state and future direction of the field. The conference provided a comfortable environment for networking where everyone was approachable and genuinely interested in the work you are doing. I would highly recommend the conference and Career Academy, especially for those just starting to conduct research in the area of family business.

Ray Jones, University of Minnesota Duluth

I have not attended FERC for a few years, which was a grave mistake. From the career academy to the poster presentations, from the shared lunches to the key-note speeches, FERC has offered me ample opportunities to discuss my papers, learn about intriguing new research ideas, and socialize with top-notch academics and promising newcomers. The well-organized conference offered the right balance between learning and mentoring, academia and application. If you are interested in family business, you should attend FERC. I will surely return next year.

Peter Jaskiewicz, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University

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