2011 FOBI Scholars

Date: June 29, 2011

The mission of the Family Owned Business Institute (FOBI) at Grand Valley State University is to promote, preserve, influence, and impact family businesses through quality academic research, curriculum, and information services. As part of its research mission, FOBI created the Research Scholars Program.

The purpose of the Research Scholars program is to encourage faculty and doctoral candidates to conduct new, high quality research with an emphasis on family business dimensions. Research may involve a broad range of issues and methodologies including theoretical, empirical, and case studies.

FOBI Research Scholars are required to disseminate the results of their research. viable methods include meetings, seminars, publications, and the classroom. In addition, Scholars are expected to convert the research into a publishable, refereed journal article with appropriate reference to FOBI for its support.

Four to six grants are awarded each year. The winning proposals each receive a stipend of $5000. This year, FOBI formed an alliance with the Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC) to jointly recognize FOBI Scholars as part of the annual FERC Conference which took place in Grand Rapids, Michigan May 6-8th, 2011. 

For 2011, the Research Scholar Program received twenty-six proposals representing the work of more than fourty-five scholars. The quality of the proposals receieved for the 2011 Research Scholar Program superseded previous years, making the decision to award the only four proposals difficult and exhilarating. The 2011 FOBI Scholars were announced at the International Gala Dinner on May 7th, 2011 during the FERC 2011.


2011 FOBI Research Scholars

Mahendra Joshi  (Grand Valley State University) for his proposal titled "Family Business Identity and Information Exploration."

Dianne Welsh (University of North Carolina - Greensboro),  Kirby Rosplock (GenSpring Family Offices), Juan Roure (University of Navarra, IESE),and Juan Luis Segurado (University of Navarra, IESE) for their proposal titled "Family Offices and the Future."

Jon Carr (Texas Christian University), Daniel Holt (Mississippi State University), and Allison Pearson (Mississippi State University) for their proposal titled "Measuring Performance in Family Businesses: The State of the Art and Road Map for Advancing Family Business Research and Practice."

Borje Böers (Jönköping International Business School, Sweden) and Mattias Nordqvist (Jönköping International Business School, Sweden) for their proposal titled "Understanding Hybrid Identity Organizations - The Case of Publicly listed Family Businesses."