Lifetime Influence and Impact Award Winners

The highest form of peer recognition in family business studies, this award is presented to individuals who have provided distinguished leadership over a number of years toward the growth and development of family business research. Through dedicated efforts, this individual has enabled the entry and/or the career progression of scholars into the field, while influencing family business research, education and/or practice. 

Joe Astrachan, 2019
James J. Chrisman, 2015
Jess Chua, 2019
Miguel Ángel Gallo, 2018
Kelin E. Gersick, 2018
Frank Hoy, 2017
Ivan Lansberg, 2018
Isabelle Le Breton-Miller, 2021
Leif Melin, 2016
Danny Miller, 2021
Ken Moores, 2015
Pramodita Sharma, 2015
Ritch Sorenson, 2017
Lloyd Steier, 2021
John L. Ward, 2016

2021

Seven categories of awards worth $13,900 were presented:

FERC Lifetime Influence and Impact Award for providing sustained and distinguished leadership toward the growth and development of family businesses and/or family business research and scholars.
     • Danny Miller (HEC Montreal, CANADA)
     • Isabelle Le Breton-Miller (HEC Montreal, CANADA)
     • Lloyd Steier (Alberta School of Business, CANADA)

Family-Owned Business Institute (FOBI) Scholar in Residence ($12,500, sponsored by FOBI at Grand Valley State University). One individual selected each year to travel to Grand Valley State University and work with faculty, students, and community members on researching and teaching family business.
     • Eric Clinton (Dublin City University, IRELAND)

Best Research Video ($500, sponsored by FOBI at Grand Valley State University)
     • “Business Incubator Cooperations: Family Firms' Access to Knowledge and Trust within Entrepreneurial Ecosystems”
          • David Sauer (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, GERMANY)
          • Nadine Kammerlander (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, GERMANY)

Best Paper on Family Firm Entrepreneurship & Innovation ($250, sponsored by McCoy College of Business at Texas State University)
     • “Next-Gen as a Lever for Innovation: An Exploration of Gender and Succession Dynamics”
          • Christina Constantinidis (University of Quebec in Montreal, CANADA)
          • Issaka Oumarou Harou (University of Quebec in Montreal, CANADA)

Best Paper on Diversity in the Family Firm ($250, sponsored by McCoy College of Business at Texas State University)
     • “Women's Leadership and Leverage Decisions. Exploring the Nature of Family Firms and their Governance”
          • Alfredo De Massis (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, ITALY, and Lancaster University, UK, and Zhejiang University, CHINA)
          • Fernando Muñoz-Bullon (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, SPAIN)
          • Maria J. Sanchez-Bueno (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, SPAIN)
          • Pilar Velasco (Universidad de Valladolid, SPAIN)
          • Silvio Vismara (University of Bergamo, ITALY)

Best Feedback Awards ($100, sponsored by University of Vermont)
     • Myriam Cano-Rubio (Universidad de Jaen, SPAIN)
     • Rocky-Lee DeWitt (University of Vermont, USA)
     • Catherine Faherty (Dublin City University, IRELAND)
     • Alexander Bergfeld (University of Antwerp, BELGIUM)

2019

Seven categories of awards worth $17,000 were presented:

  • FERC Lifetime Influence and Impact Award for providing sustained and distinguished leadership toward the growth and development of family businesses and/or family business research and scholars
    • Joe Astrachan, Kennesaw State University, USA
    • Jess Chua, University of Calgary, CANADA
  • Family Owned Business Institute (FOBI) Scholar in Residence ($12,500, sponsored by FOBI at Grand Valley State University). One individual selected each year to travel to Grand Valley State University and work with faculty, students, and community members on researching and teaching family business.
    • Hanqing “Chevy” Fang, Assistant Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA
  • Best Poster Award ($750 each, sponsored by FOBI at Grand Valley State University)
    • WINNER 1: French CEO Values and Family Business Identity
      • Miruna Radu Lefebvre, Audencia Business School, FRANCE
      • Vincent Lefebvre, Audencia Business School, FRANCE
      • Luis Diaz Matajira, Universidad de los Andes, COLOMBIA
    • WINNER 2: Stairway to Tax Heaven: Network Positions and Social Influences of Family-Owned Offshore Entities in the Panama Papers
      • Ambra Mazzelli, Asia School of Business & Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MALAYSIA
      • Robert Nason, Concordia University, CANADA
  • Best Contribution to Practice ($750 each, sponsored by MCS Family Wealth Advisors) is given to the project that offers unique insights to the nuances of the family business and its stakeholders AND that can be used by family business educators in the classroom to inform both current and future generations of the family business.
    • WINNER 1: Start-ups of the next-gen: A qualitative and quantitative study on young entrepreneurs from entrepreneurial families.
      • Larissa Leitner, WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, GERMANY
      • Nadine Kammerlander, WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, GERMANY
    • WINNER 2: Family Business Shareholder Liquidity Agreements: A Conceptual Exploration of Antecedents, Strategies, and Consequences
      • Claudia Binz Astrachan, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, SWITZERLAND
      • Joseph Astrachan, Kennesaw State University, USA
      • Anneleen Michiels, Hasselt University, BELGIUM
      • Josip Kotlar, Politecnico di Milano, ITALY
  • Best Project Related To Transgenerational Entrepreneurship STEP Poster Award ($500, Complimentary registration for the STEP Global Summit 2020 in Asia-Pacific, sponsored by the STEP Research Project) is given to the project that focuses on transgenerational entrepreneurship, leverages either qualitative or quantitative data sources. This award seeks to encourage early stage researchers who are investigating entrepreneurship in multi-generational family firms.
    • A social exchange approach of spousal influence on intergenerational succession
    • Miruna Radu Lefebvre, Audencia Business School, FRANCE
    • Valérie Denis, ICHEC Brussels Management School, BELGIUM
  • Best Contribution to Family Business Education ($500, sponsored by Universidad Panamericana Campus Guadalajara) is given to the project that offers unique insights to the nuances of the family business and its stakeholders AND that can be used by family business educators in the classroom to inform both current and future generations of the family business.
    • ¿Se debe el éxito de la internacionalizatión de la empresa familiar a motivos económicos, y/o estratégicos, y/o familiares?
      • Valeriano Sanchez-Famoso, University of the Basque Country, SPAIN
      • Myriam Cano-Rubio, Universidad de Jaen, SPAIN
      • Guadalupe Fuentes-Lombardo, Universidad de Jaen, SPAIN
  • Best Reviewer Awards ($500, sponsored by Florida Atlantic University)
    • Best Overall Reviewer
      • Ivona Ljumic, Università della Svizzera Italiana, SWITZERLAND
    • Outstanding Reviewers
      • Navneet Bhatnagar, Indian School of Business, INDIA
      • Myriam Cano-Rubio, Universidad de Jaen, SPAIN
      • Guadalupe Fuentes Lombardo, Universidad de Jaen, SPAIN
      • Carolin Neffe, Muenster University of Applied Sciences, GERMANY
      • Dustin Odom, Mississippi State University, USA

2018

Nine categories of awards worth more than $21,750 were presented:

  1. Best Overall English Poster Award - $1,500 winner (2) - $1,500 each (sponsored by MCS Family Wealth Advisors) Best overall project and poster.
    The Impact of Socioemotional Wealth on the Relationship between the Dark Triad of Personality (Narcissism, Psychopathy, and Machiavellianism) and Family Firm Employee Job Performance
    • Benjamin D. McLarty, Mississippi State University
    • Daniel T. Holt, Mississippi State University
    Are Family Firms the Same “Animal” but a Different “Beast”? An Experiment on Decision-Making in Family and Non-family Organizations
    • Ivona Ljumic, USI, Switzerland
    • Gianluca Colombo, USI, Switzerland
  2. Best Applied Poster Award - $1,500 winner (sponsored by MCS Family Wealth Advisors) Best overall project and poster with valuable practical application.
    Resolving the Paradox between Tradition and Innovation in Family Firms
    • Irmak Erdogan, Altınbaş Üniversitesi, Turkey
    • Emanuela Rondi, Free University of Bozen - Bolzano, Italy
    • Alfredo De Massis, Free University of Bozen - Bolzano, Italy
  3. Best Spanish Poster - $1,000 winner (Sponsored by Familias Empresarias Management Consulting) Best project and poster presented in Spanish.
    El rol de las dificultades percibidas para cooperar en empresas familiares internacionales
    • Myriam Cano-Rubio, University of Jaen, Spain
    • Valeriano Sanchez-Famoso, University of the Basque Country, Spain
    • Guadalupe Fuentes-Lombardo, University of Jaen, Spain
  4. Best Practice-Oriented Spanish Poster Award - $750 winner (Sponsored by Grupo LORSA) Best project and poster with practical implications presented in Spanish.
    El Emprendimiento Transgeneracional: El caso del programa de creación de valor de la empresa familiar en el Tec de Monterrey
    • Fernando Sandoval-Arzaga, ITESM, Mexico
  5. Best Innovation and Entrepreneurship Poster Award - $1,000 winner (Sponsored by Grupo HAZ) Best project and poster presented that contributes to Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Family Firms.
    Achieving the Right Balance: A Paradoxical View of Socioemotional Wealth
    • Horacio Arredondo, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile
    • Cristina Cruz, Instituto de Empresa, Spain
  6. Best STEP Poster Award - $1,000 winner (sponsored by the STEP Research Project) Best project and poster using data from STEP.
    Women’s involvement in family businesses and its effect on performance
    • Ana González, Grand Valley State University, USA
    • Yeny Rodriguez, Universidad Icesi, Colombia
    • Carol Sanchez, Grand Valley State University, USA
  7. UP Gold Award – One gold coin winner (sponsored by Universidad Panamericana Campus Guadalajara) Best project and poster that contributes to family business education.
    The Collaborative Family Business: Toward a Rational Theory of Family Firm Longevity
    • Jackie Milbrandt, University of St. Thomas, USA
    • Ritch Sorenson, University of St. Thomas, USA
    • Jeffrey Chandler, Texas Tech University, USA
  8. Best Reviewer Award - $500 winner (sponsored by Florida Atlantic University) Single best overall conference reviewer.
    • Myriam Cano-Rubio, University of Jaen, Spain
  9. Family Owned Business Institute (FOBI) Scholar in Residence - $12,500 winner (sponsored by FOBI at Grand Valley State University) One individual selected each year to travel to Grand Valley State University and work with faculty, students, and community members on researching and teaching family business.
    • Anneleen Michiels, University of Hasselt, Belgium

2017

Five categories of awards with prize money of $ 19,500 were presented:

  1. Best English Poster - $ 1500 each (Sponsored by MCS Family Wealth Advisors these were presented by FERC Co-President Michael Stalker)
    • An Empirical Assessment of the Validity and Reliability of the Socioemotional Wealth (SEW) Concept
      • Daniel T. Holt, Mississippi State University, USA
      • Emma Su, Mississippi State University, USA
      • Allison Pearson, Mississippi State University, USA
      • Lorenzo Lucianetti, University of Chieti and Pescara, Italy
      • Jay Orr, Mississippi State University, USA
    • Mapping Cognitive Dimensions and Processes of Value Creation in Family Firms
      • Shiva Nadavulakere, Saginaw Valley State University, USA
      • Anushri Rawat, East Michigan University, USA
    • Does Non-Family CEO Advantage Depend on Firm Growth and Area of Management Practice? A Contingency Perspective
      • Atanu Rakshit, Nazarbayev University, Khazakstan
      • Dmitry Khanin, Nazarbayev University, Khazakstan
  2. Best poster aligned with the conference theme: Bridging the Gap - $1500 (Sponsored by Family Business Center, Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas; Presented by Center Director Prof. Ritch Sorenson)
    • Seeing Forests for the Trees: Knowledge Diversity and Causation Logics in Family Firms
      • Robert Randolph, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
      • Esra Memili, University of North Carolina – Greensboro, USA
      • Dilek Nayir, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
      • Hanqing "Chevy" Fang, Missouri University of Science & Technology, USA
  3. Best Spanish Poster - $1000 (Sponsored by Familias Empresarias Management Consulting; Presented by Claudio Müller, School of Economics and Business, University of Chile)
    • Ambidextria Organizativa y Emprendimiento Corporativo en la Empresa Familiar
      • Tomas Bañegil, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain
      • Ascensión Barroso, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain
      • Cristina Barriuso, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain
      • Ramón Sanguino, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain
  4. Family Owned Business Institute (FOBI), Scholar in Resident Award - $ 12,500 (Sponsored by the Seidman College of Business; Presented by FOBI Director Ana Cristina)
    • Isabel Botero, Stetson University, USA
  5. FERC Lifetime Influence and Impact Awards (Presented by FERC Co-Presidents Allison Pearson and Michael Stalker)
    • Frank Hoy, Foisie Business School, Beswick Professor & Director, Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
    • Leif Melin, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
    • Ritch Sorenson, Professor of Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship Department College of Arts and Sciences Family Studies, St. Thomas University, USA

2016

Five categories of awards worth over $ 25,000 were presented:

  1. Best English Poster - $ 1500 each (Sponsored by the Foisie School of Business at WPI)
    • Differences between how family and nonfamily employees perceive their  company’s ethics and their consequences
      • John Perry
    • (In)visibility – a family business?
      • Henrietta Nilson
    • An Overview of Family Business Succession Research: A Bibliometric Study
      • Mihai Ibanescu, Luis-Felipe Cisneros-Martinez, Odette Lobato, & Juan Niebla
  2. Best Portuguese Poster - $1500 (Sponsored by Rich Simmonds and MCS Family Wealth Advisors)
    • Política de Investimentos de Empresas Familiares Brazileiras Pos-Crise De 2008
      • Thiago Henrique Moreira Goes, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. & Cláudio Antonio Pinheiro Machado Filho, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.
  3. Best Spanish Poster - $1500 each (Sponsored by Familias Empresarias Management Consulting and MCS Family Wealth Advisors)
    • La Orientación Emprendedora como Variable Dependiente de la Cultura en las Empresas Familiares
      • Ramón Sanguino, Ascensión Barroso, Óscar González & María Buenadicha. Universidad de Extremadura, Spain.
  4. FERC Special Drawing - iPad Air 2  (128GB) (Sponsored by the Anderson School of Management at University of New Mexico)
    • Fábio Frezatti, Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
  5. Family Owned Business Institute (FOBI) Awards - $ 17,500 (Sponsored by the Seidman College of Business)
    • FOBI Scholar in Residence ($10,000 + $2,500 expense reimbursement for a visit to GVSU)
      • Daniel Holt, Mississippi State University, USA
    • FOBI Scholar Grant ($5,000)
      • Mastering Product Innovation in Family Business: Integrating Theory and Practice
      • Josip Kotlar and Alfredo de Massis, Lancaster University, UK

2015

Five categories of awards worth $27,000 were presented during the 2015 FERC:

  1. Best Poster - $1,500 winner each (Sponsored by MCS Family Wealth Advisors)
    • The Earnings Game in Family Firms
      • Joachim Harms, Technische Universität München, Germany
    • The Buck Stops Here....and Here: A Study of Co-CEOS in Family Businesses
      • Annette Rahael, George Washington University, USA
      • Andrea Casey, George Washington University, USA
    • So What is Most Important for you? An Empirical Ranking of Non-financial Goals
      • Maximilian Rupprecht, Technische Universität München, Germany
      • Nadine Kammerlander, University of St Gallen, Switzerland

  2. Best poster Spanish / Portuguese Award - $1,500 winner (Sponsored by Familias Empresarias Management Consulting)
    • Associacao Entre Empresas Familiares: O Caso Do Vale Dos Vinhedos, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brasil
      • Juliana Hernandez, ADEP, Brazil

  3. International Entrepreneurship Award - $1,000 winner (Sponsored by ie-scholars.net)
    • Family Business Sustainability Across Cultures
      • Ricardo Fainsilber, California Institute of Integral Studies, Mexico

  4. Family Owned Business Institute (FOBI) Awards - $5,000 winner each (sponsored by the Seidman College of Business)
    • Exploring the role of Family Legacy on Decisions within Family Firms
      • Nathan Hammond, Mississippi State University
      • Allison Pearson, Mississippi State University
    • Family Firm Governance in an Emerging Market: How Family Firms Navigate Institutional Voids and Corruption
      • Kimberly Eddleston, Northeastern University D'Amore-McKim School
      • Ellie Banalievea, Northeastern University D'Amore-McKim School
      • Jay Mulki, Northeastern University D'Amore-McKim School
    • 1st FOBI Scholar in Residence ($10,000 award)
      • Josip Kotlar, Lancaster University Management School

  5. LIFE TIME INFLUENCE AND IMPACT AWARD (PDF) - Overview, Process, Citations
    Lifetime Influence and Impact Award presented to individuals who have provided sustained and distinguished leadership toward the growth and development of family businesses and/or family business research and scholars
    • James Chrisman, Mississippi State University, USA
    • Ken Moores, Bond University, Australia
    • Pramodita Sharma, University of Vermont, USA

2014

Five categories of awards worth $31,500 were presented during the 2014 FERC.

  1. Best Poster on Family Business Education - $500 winner
    • A teaching model for Family Entrepreneurship
      • Kathleen Randerson, University of Grenoble - Alps
      • Alain Fayolle, EMLYON Business School
  2. Best Doctoral Student Contribution - $500 winner
    • Long-Term Orientation and Innovativeness in Multi-Generational Family Firms
      • Vanessa Diaz Moriana, Dublin City University
      • Eric Clinton, Dublin City University
      • Justin Craig, Northeastern University
  3. Best Poster - $1,500 winner each
    • The Untimely Death of a Founder: A Case Study on Intergeneration Innovation and Human Resource Practices
      • Francesco Barbera, Stetson University
      • Isabell Stamm , University of California Berkeley
      • Rocki-Lee DeWitt, University of Vermont
    • Inside CEO Successions in Family Firms: Should Predecessors Stay Active or Cultivate Roses?
      • Jan-Philipp Ahrens, Michael Woywode, Jan Zybura, University of Mannheim
    • Bridge and Buffer: Evidence of the Role of the Board of Directors in Family Firms
      • Cristina Bettinelli, University of Bergamo
      • Manisha Singal, Virginia Tech University
      • John Davis, Harvard Business School
  4. "Practitioner Focused" awards - $2,000 each
    • Leveraging tradition to innovate the family firm: Lessons for family business practitioners
      • Josip Kotlar, Lancaster University Management School
    • Exploring Effects of Family Involvements and HPWS on Managerial Turnover and Firm Performance Linkage
      • Miao-Ju Wang, National Sun Yat-sen University
    • Impact of Pay Satisfaction and Organizational Justice Perceptions on Family Firm Blue Collar Workers
      • Daniel Holt, Mississippi State University
    • Corporate Brand Identity: The Use of Social Media by Family Firm
      • John Perry, Wichita State University
    • Benefit Corporations and Family Businesses
      • Isaac Ison, Jackson State University
  5. Family Owned Business Institute Award Winners - $5,000 each
    • Bridging the Gap in Family Firm Innovation Research: Understanding Differences by Integrating Absortive Capacity.
      • Joshua J. Daspit, Mississippi State University
      • Rebecca G. Long, Mississippi State University
    • From Research to Practice: Planning for New Futures in Family Business Education
      • Alfredo De Massis, Lancaster University Management School
      • Josip Kotlar, Lancaster University Management School
    • Philanthropy in Family Firms: Understanding the governance of and the motivation for philanthropic efforts of family firms.
      • Isabel C. Botero, Gatton College of Business and Economics; University of Kentucky
      • Neus Feliu, Lansberg Gersick & Associates, New Haven, CT.
    • Organizational Crises in Family Firms: The effects on intergenerational innovation.
      • Francesco Barbera, Stetson University
      • Isabell Stamm, University of California - Berkeley
      • Rocki-Lee DeWitt, University of Vermont

    2013

    Awards for FERC 2013 were presented in 4 categories and were worth $35,000 USD.

    Top Paper Award Winners - Sponsored by MCS Family Wealth Advisors ($1,500 each)

    Presented by: Michael C. Stalker - MCS Family Wealth Advisors

    1. Family Firms and Corporate Social Responsibility: Does Firm Financial Condition Matter?
      • Manisha Singal - Virginia Tech University - USA
      • Vijay Singal - Virginia Tech University - USA
    2. The Dynamics of Virtues in Family Controlled Firms
      • Luz Elena Orozco Collazos - Universidad de los Andes - Colombia
      • Gustavo Gonzalez Couture - Universidad de los Andes - Colombia
      • Luis Diaz Matajira - Universidad de los Andes - Colombia
    3. Divorce in the family firm: The legal framework and protection of the business
      • Kajsa Haag - Jönköping International Business School - Sweden
      • Lars-Göran Sund - Jönköping International Business School - Sweden
      • Anneli Linhard - Jönköping International Business School - Sweden
    4. Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Peruvian Family Businesses: Implications for performance
      • Loreto Torres Araneda - PAD, Escuela de Direccion Universidad de Piura - Perú
      • Pablo Dominguez Estrada - PAD, Escuela de Direccion Universidad de Piura - Perú
      • Cinthya Consiglieri Alvarado - PAD, Escuela de Direccion Universidad de Piura - Perú
      • Matt Allen - Babson College - USA

    Top Paper in Spanish - Sponsored by Familias Empresarias Management Consulting ($1,000)

    Presented by: Fernando Cañas, Founder Familias Empresarias Management Consulting

    1. Sucesión en empresa familiar agroindustrial en Chile
      • Rodrigo González - Universidad de Chile - Chile
      • Nicole Pinaud - Universidad de Chile - Chile
      • Matthew Allen - Babson College - USA

    Top Student Paper Awards - Sponsored by Business Families Foundation ($2,000 each)

    Presented by: Dr. Pramodita Sharma - University of Vermont

    1. Psychological Ownership in stockholders of family firms: An understanding from Socioemotional Wealth Approach
      • María Piedad López Vergara - University of Jyväskylä - Finland & Inalde - Colombia
    2. Overcoming the Myths of Entrepreneurship: Moving towards a Communal Group Theory of Entrepreneurship
      • Onnolee Nordstrom - University of Alberta - Canada
    3. Family Ownership, Succession Intentions, and Professionalization
      • Hanqing Chevy Fang - Mississippi State University - USA
      • Esra Memili - University of North Carolina Greensboro - USA
      • Robert Randolph - Mississippi State University - USA
      • James J. Chrisman - Mississippi State University - USA
      • Tim Barnett - Mississippi State University - USA
    4. Family Ownership and Firm Performance evidence from Integrated Latin American Stock Market
      • Claudio Müller - Universidad de Chile - Chile
      • Claudio Bonilla - Universidad de Chile - Chile
      • Gonzalo Gómez Betancourt - INALDE Business School Universidad de la Sabana - Colombia
      • Jose Bernardo Betancourt Ramírez - INALDE Business School Universidad de la Sabana - Colombia

    2013 FOBI Awards - Sponsored by Grand Valley State University ($5,000 each)

    Presented by: J. Kevin McCurren - Grand Valley State University Family Business Center

    1. "Investigative long-term orientation and entrepreneurial orientation in multi-generational family firms"
      • Justin Craig - Northeastern University
      • Eric Clinton - Dublin City University
      • Vanessa Diaz - Dublin City University
    2. "The buck stops here... and here: A study of Co-CEOs in family business"
      • Annette Rahael - George Washington University
    3. "Good Practices in Family Business Governance Structure and Its Impact on Financial Performance"
      • Jorge Isaac Moreno Gomez - CORPORACIÓN UNIVESIDAD DE LA COSTA, Colombia
    4. "Understanding the Effects of the External Environment on Family Firms"
      • Laurel Ofstein - Western Michigan University
      • Derrick McIver - Western Michigan University
      • John Mueller - Western Michigan University

    2012

    Three categories of awards worth $31,500 were presented at FERC 2012.

    • The Best Paper Awards sponsored by MCS Financial Advisors were presented by Michael C. Stalker to:
      • First Place winners ($2000) were Josip Kotlar & Alfredo De Massis (University of Bergamo) for their article “Goal setting in family firms: The who, the what and the how.”
      • Second place winners ($1000) were Manisha Singal and Vijay Singal (Virginia Tech) for their paper “The strategic value of branding the family name.”
      • Third place winners ($500) were Alexandra Dawson (Concordia University), Pramodita Sharma (University of Vermont & Babson College), P. Gregory Irving and Joel Marcus (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Francesco Chirico (Jönköping International Business School) for their article “Predictors of next generation family members’ commitment to family enterprise.”
        • Ken Moores (Bond University), Carole Howorth (Lancaster University), Rebecca Long (Mississippi State University), and Ritch Sorenson (St.Thomas Univeristy) served as the FERC Best Poster Award Committee.
    • FERC Doctoral Awards ($2000 each) sponsored by the Business Families Foundation were presented by Pascale Michaud in the categories of women, governance, leadership, and behavioural issues in family firms.
      • David Gras & Robert S. Nason (Syracuse University) for their article “The effect of family capital breadth and depth on firm performance: Evidence from impoverished Indian slums.”
      • Archimedes Guerra (Hong Kong Baptist University) for his article “Some family businesses are better than others: Are Confucian values the missing piece of the family firm performance puzzle?”
      • Nadine Kammerlander (University of St-Gallen) for her article “The influence of organizational social capital on strategic behavior: An explorative study of family firms’ innovativeness.”
      • Josip Kotlar & Alfredo De Massis (University of Bergamo) for their article “Goal setting in family firms: The who, the what and the how.”
        • Matthew Allen (Babson College), Robert Blunden (Dalhousie University), Jon Carr (Texas Christian University), Clay Dibrell (University of Mississippi), Mark Green (FERC co-founder), Claudio Muller (University of Chile), Allison Pearson (Mississippi State University), Frank Hoy (Worchester Polytechnic Institute), Alex Stewart (Marquette University) served as judges for these awards in the four categories.
    • 2012 FOBI 20K scholarships (4@$5000 each) sponsored by the Grand Valley State University were presented by J. Kevin McCurren during the Gala Dinner to:
      • Kristen Day and Franz Kellermanns (University of Tennessee) for their proposal “Exploring the role of spiritual leadership within family firms.”
      • Leif Melin and Ethel Brundin (Jönköping International Business School) for their proposal “Family capital – the theoretical and practical solution for entrepreneurial capacity over generations in family businesses.”
      • Hanqing Fang (Mississippi State University), Esra Memili (University of North Carolina – Greensboro), Robert Van de Graaff Randolph, James J. Chrisman, and Tim Barnett (Mississippi State University) for their proposal “Family ownership, succession intentions, and professionalization.”
      • Robert S. Nason, David Gras, and G.T. Lumpkin (Syracuse University) for their proposal “The role of family capital in impoverished settings.”

    2011

    • The Best Paper Awards sponsored by MCS Financial Advisors were presented by Michael C. Stalker to:
      • First Place winner ($2000) was Moses Acquaah (University of North Carolina) for his paper “Management Control Systems, Business Strategy and Performance in Family Businesses.”
      • Second place winner ($1000) was Mary Barrett (Wollongong University) for her paper “New theoretical perspectives on family business entrepreneurial behavior.”
      • Third place winner ($500) was Marc-Michael Bergfeld (Munich Business School) for his paper “Dynamic Dynasties: How Germany’s high performance family firms pursue pan-generational entrepreneurship along technology lifecycles.”
    • Michael Stalker (MCS Financial Advisors), Manisha Singal (Virginia Tech University), and Frank Hoy (Worchester Polytechnic Institute) served as the FERC Best Poster Award Committee.
    • FERC Doctoral Awards ($500 each) were presented by Frank Hoy to:
      • Tim Hasso (Bond University - Australia) for his article “Inherent Family Business Brand Equity.”
      • Francesco Barbera (Bond University - Australia) for his article “The Impact of Family Invovlement on the Productivity of the Firm.”
      • Nadine Kammerlander (International Institute for Management Development) for her article “How Do Established Family Businesses Adapt to Technological Discontinuities? A Series of Inductive Case Studies.”
    • 2011 FOBI 20K scholarships (4@$5000 each) sponsored by the Grand Valley State University were presented by Paul Mudde and Candace Dugan to during the Gala Dinner to:
      • Mahendra Joshi (Grand Valley State University) for his proposal “Family Business Identity and Information Exploration.”
      • Daniel Holt (Mississippi State University), Allison Pearson (Mississippi State University), and Jon Carr (Texas Christian University) for their proposal “Measuring Performance in Family Businesses: The State of the Art and Roadmap for Advancing Family Business Research and Practice.”
      • Dianne Welsh (University of North Carolina – Greensboro), Juan Roure (University of Navarra, IESE), Juan Luis Segurado (University of Navarra - IESE), and Kirby Rosplock (GenSpring Family Offices) for their proposal “Family Offices and the Future.”
      • Börje Boers and Mattias Nordqvist (Jönköping International Business School, Sweden) for their proposal “Understanding Hybrid Identity Organizations – The Case of Publicly Listed Family Businesses.

    2010

    • The Best Paper Awards sponsored by MCS Financial Advisors were presented by Michael C. Stalker.
      • First Place winners ($2000) were Manisha Singal and Vijay Singal (Virginia Tech University) for their paper entitled “Family Control and Concentrated Ownership: What Determines Firm Value? Evidence from India”.
      • Second place winners ($1000) were Kirby Rosplock (GenSpring Family Offices), Dianne Welsh (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), Juan Roure and Juan Luis Segurado (IESE Business School) for their paper entitled “From the Family Business to the Family Office: Understanding the Development and Management of the Family’s Investment, Other Ventures and Services”.
      • Third place winners ($500) were Peter Jaskiewicz (University of Alberta) and Klaus Uhlenbruck (University of Montana & European Business School) for their paper entitled “The relationship between Boards and Firm Performance: An Agency & Resource Dependence Theory Analysis of Family Business”.
    • Allison Pearson (Chair, Mississippi State University), Mauricio D. Alvarez (Universidad de Monterrey), Carmen Bianchi (San Diego State University), Judy Green (Family Firm Institute), Frank Hoy (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) served as the FERC Best Poster Award committee.
    • FERC Doctoral Awards ($500 each) sponsored by the Family Enterprise USA were presented by Ann Kinkade to:
      • Neus Feliu (ESADE Business School, Spain) for her article entitled – Family Knowledge Homogeneity and Product Innovation: The Role of Non-Family Members
      • Frances Gunn (Open University, UK, Ryerson University, Canada) for her article entitled – How does strategic learning occur in small retain family firms?
      • Corinna Lindow (HHL, Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Germany) for her article entitle – The Concept of Fit in Strategic Management – Review in the family firm context
      • Alexandra Joseph (HEC, France) and Maria Jose Parada (ESADE Business School, Spain) for their article entitled – Sustaining Competitive Advantage in a World of Giants: The case of family firms in the pharmaceutical industry
      • D’Lisa N. McKee and Shanan R. Litchfield (Mississippi State University, USA) for their article entitled – Family Organizational Identity: Multiple Identities in the Family Business
    • The Loretta Rogers Young Research Scholar in Family Business ($3000+ inclusive of travel costs to present the winning research at Ryerson University) was presented by Alan Carsrud to Corrina Lindow (HHL, Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Germany)
    • 2010 FOBI 25k scholarships (4@$5000 each, 2@$2500 each) sponsored by the Grand Valley State University were presented by Dean James Williams and Paul Mudde to:
      • Richard L. Gottschall, Alexandra Dawson, and Pramodita Sharma (Concordia University-Canada) for their proposal entitled: Human Capital Impacts on Innovation in Entrepreneurial Family Firms
      • David Hanisch and Sabine B. Klein (European Business School & WHU-Germany) for their proposal entitled: Contextualizing Organizational Boundary Issues: Management Consulting in Family Businesses.
      • Jayanth Jayaram, Jaideep Motwani, and Mita Dixit (University of South Carolina & Grand Valley State University-USA) for their proposal entitled: A Case Study Analysis of Logistics and Supply Chain Management Strategies of Small and Medium Enterprise Family Owned Businesses in India.
      • Torsten M. Pieper, Rebecca M. Guidice, and Neal P. Mero (Kennesaw State University-USA) for their proposal entitled: Toward a Theory of Accountability in Family Business.
      • Tim Hasso (Bond University-Australia) for his proposal entitled: Inherent Family Business Brand Equity and Consumers’ Product Preferences.
      • Francesco Barbera (Bond University- Australia) for his proposal entitled: Allocative Differences in Production: An Investigation into the Productivity of Family Firms.

    2009

    • The Best Paper Award ($2000) sponsored by Laird Norton Tyee was presented by Rich Simmonds to:
      • Sharon Danes (University of Minnesota) and Patricia Hedberg (University of St. Thomas) for their paper entitled “Explorations of the Power Relationship Between Business-Owning Couples: Managing Decisions Through Collaborative Power Interactions”.
    • Three Honorable Mention Awards were presented to:
      • Thomas M. Zellweger (Univ. of St. Gallen), Franz W. Kellermanns, James J. Chrisman (both at Mississippi State University), Jess H. Chua (Univ. of Calgary) for their paper entitled “Family Firm Valuation By Family CEOs: The Role of Socioemotional Value”.
      • Manisha Singal and Vijay Singal (both at Virginia Tech Univ.) for their paper entitled “Interest Alignment and CEO Compensation in Family Controlled Firms”.
      • Anna Blombäck (Jönköping International Business School) and Caroline Wigren (Lund University) for their paper entitled “What if it is Not Family That Makes a Difference? Reinterpreting Findings on Family Business and CSR”.
    • Becky Reuber (University of Toronto), Frank Hoy (University of Texas at El Paso), and Trish Reay (University of Alberta) served as the FERC Best Poster Award committee.
    • The first-ever FERC Doctoral Scholarships ($500 each) sponsored by the Family Enterprise USA were presented by Ann Kinkade to:
      • Jeremy Funk, University of Manitoba, “Got Family? The Influence of “Family” Identity on Customer Loyalty”.
      • Nathan Greidanus, University of Calgary, “An Exploration of Corporate Venturing Goals Within the Family Firm”.
      • Albert E. James, University of Alberta, “Another Wrinkle on the Family Business Performance Question: Comparing First and Subsequent Generations Firms”.
      • John E. Neff, Case Western Reserve, “Constructing a Definition of and Portfolio Mode of Family Business Success”.
      • Christian Niedermeyer, European Business School, “The Role of Family Influence in the Sale Process- A Qualitative Study of Family Business Sales”.
    • 2009 FOBI 25k Scholarships ($5000 each) sponsored by the Grand Valley State University were presented by Tom Schwarz and Shorouq Almallah to:
      • Francesco Chirico (University of Lugano) and Carlo Salvato (Bocconi University). Dynamic Capabilities in Family Firms. A Knowledge-based Approach.
      • Sonia Dalmia & Nancy Levenburg (Grand Valley State University). The Succession Process: An Examination of Perceptions from Stakeholders' Perspective.
      • Reginald A. Litz (University of Manitoba). The House of: When Family Businesses and Business Families Rise, Stand, Fall and Rise Again.
      • Esra Memili, Kaustav Misra, and James Chrisman (Mississippi State University). Non Family Managers’ Compensation in Family Firms: Tournament and Game Theory Perspectives.
      • John Perry & Timothy Pett (Wichita State University). Does Work-Family Integration or Segmentation work Better? Evidence from Family Businesses.

    2008

    • The Best Paper Award ($2000) sponsored by Laird Norton Tyee was presented by Rich Simmonds to:
      • Francesco Chirico, University of Lugano and Carlo Salvato, Bocconi University. Antecedents of commitment entrapment to the failing founder's family business.
    • Two Honorable Mention Awards were presented to:
      • Marylène Gagne and Stéphanie Brun de Pontet and Carsten Wrosch, Concordia University, Canada. Subjective well being among family business leaders nearing succession: The role of goal adjustment and work motivation.
      • Franz Kellermanns , Mississippi State University, Kim Eddleston , Northeastern University, and Thomas Zelleweger , University of St. Gallens. Family harmony: A facilitator of corporate entrepreneurship in family firms
    • Jane Hilburt-Davis, Becky Reuber, Tom Lumpkin and Bill Schulze served as the FERC Best Poster Award committee
    • 2008 FOBI 30K Awards were presented by Tom Schwarz, Grand Valley State University to:
      • William Gibb Dyer , Brigham Young University and William Justin Dyer , University of Illinois. The Impact of Family Business Ownership and Management on Families
      • Sanjay Goel , University of Minnesota. Stakeholder Management, Ethical Behavior, and Performance of Family Businesses: A Systems View
      • George T. Lumpkin , Texas Tech University and Wendy L Martin , Trinity International University. To Develop a Family Orientation Scale
      • Vijay Singal and Manisha Singal , Virginia Tech University. Interest Alignment and CEO Compensation in Family Controlled Firms
      • Sridhar Sundaram , Grand Valley State University. Effects of Hedge Fund Investment in Founding Family Controlled Firms
      • Lucy F. Ackert, Ann B.Gillette, Torsten M. Pieper , Kennesaw State University. Family Ties: For Love or Money

    2007

    • The Best Paper Award ($2000), sponsored by Laird Norton Tyee, was presented by Rich Simmonds to:
      • Trish Reay and C.R. Hinnings for their article entitled: Multilevel logics and strategic approach: Family firms in the Canadian Wine Industry
    • Four Honourable Mention Awards were presented to:
      • Kimberly A. Eddleston and Roland E. Kidwell for their article entitled: Parent-child exchange: Planting the seeds of deviant behavior in family firms, the Fredo effect
      • Vipin Gupta, Nancy M. Levenburg, Lynda Moore, Jaideep Motwani, and Thomas Schwarz for their article entitled: Using a cultural lens to study family businesses in the Anglo cluster
      • Peter Jaskiewicz and Torsten Pieper for their article entitled: A model for the impact of financial and emotional value on owner commitment to businesses
      • Lorraine Uhlaner and Marta Berent for their article entitled: Family governance practices, life cycle and financial performance: An empirical study

    2006

    • The Best Paper Award was presented to:
      • Yannick Bammens, Wim Voordeckers, and Anita Van Gils for their article entitled: Effective corporate governance in terms of trust and control: A dynamic view of family firms
    • Two Honourable Mention Awards were presented to:
      • Sharon M. Danes, Johnben Teik-Cheok Loy, and Kathryn Stafford for their article entitled: Family Business Success: Differences in Female- and Male-owned businesses
      • Michael D. Ensley, Allison W. Pearson, and Shruti R. Sardeshmukh for their article entitled: The negative consequences of pay dispersion in family and non-family top management teams

    2005

    • The Best Paper Proposal was awarded to:
      • Stephanie De Pontet, Carsten Wrosch and Marylene Gagne from Concordia University for their proposal entitled: What facilitates family business transmission? The adaptive role of goal adjustment and autonomous motivation - A longitudinal follow-up.
    • The Honourable Mention was awarded to:
      • Sabine Klein, Torsten Pieper and Peter Jaskiewics from the European Business School for their proposal entitled: Antecedents for Agency and Stewardship orientation in corporate governance: The role of culture.