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


2018 - 14th Annual FERC 

2019 – 15th Annual FERC



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


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FERC Fast Facts

Established 2005
Number of FERC attendees 1364
Number of Submissions 843
Nations represented by attendees 55
Number of award recipients 372
Total award $ given at FERC conferences $284,000