In 1999 the Family Owned Business Institute (FOBI) was created to champion and serve family owned businesses through scholarship, education and advocacy. Nationally and internationally, programs like the Scholar in Residence and the FOBI Grant have given FOBI a recognition as a center that supports research in family businesses. Given that one of the objectives of FOBI is to support Seidman faculty in the creation and application of knowledge for family owned businesses, the FOBI Grant is being reoriented to exclusively support Seidman scholars interested in the field.
Family Businesses Studies is a multidisciplinary field of research that focuses on the paradoxes caused by the involvement of family in the business. The field aims at building knowledge about family firms, the most prevalent form of business organization in the world (Sharma et al., 2014, p. 1). The field has been growing in the last few years in terms not only of the quantity of publications, but on their quality. Family Business Review, the first journal dedicated to family businesses has increased its impact rising up to the level of more traditional management journals and high quality journals from a variety of areas have been publishing special issues dedicated to research in family businesses applied to their fields. Family Businesses Studies is full of opportunities and they have been increasing. This grant is a resource for Seidman faculty to explore the field and take advantage of these opportunities.
Both tenure-track and tenured faculty from any field from the Seidman College of Business are eligible to apply. The FOBI grant amount will be set at $5,000.
 Only in academic journals that are B or higher in Seidman’s journal list.
 Only the most recognized in the corresponding field or in the family business field and those that required a paper (not an extended abstract).
Applications are due in the FOBI Director's Office on April 30th 2017. Awards will be announced by May 22nd, 2017
If you have questions please contact
Ana Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Director, Family Owned Business Institute (FOBI)
Visiting Faculty, Management Department
3120 L. William Seidman Center
Ofc: +1 616 331 7359