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Scholar in Residence

Creating opportunities for those studying family business.

The goal of the Scholar in Residence program is to build relationships between researchers at the Seidman College of Business at GVSU and family business researchers at other prominent schools around the globe to produce scholarly research in the family business field.

The FOBI Scholar in Residence will receive a $10,000 stipend and up to $2,500 in travel expenses to Grand Rapids, MI.

The Scholar in Residence will be required to live in Grand Rapids for a minimum of 2 weeks and fulfill the responsibilities outlined below over a 12-month period. The recipient of the FOBI Scholar in Residence will be announced at FERC's annual conference. 

The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Collaborating with a faculty member from Seidman and submitting an article for publication in a peer reviewed journal article.
  • Supervising and collaborating with Seidman faculty members and the FOBI Director on family business related research.
  • Visiting Seidman at least two weeks to meet with faculty, students, and family business leaders.
  • Provide executive education for family business leaders. 

Applications will be accepted from November 2017 - March 15th, 2018.

The new Scholar in Residence will be announced at the FERC in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2018.


Isabel Botero

Isabel Botero

Dr. Isabel C. Botero is an educator, researcher and consultant in the areas of management and family enterprise. She obtained her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Her areas of specialty include strategic communication processes, communication in and about family enterprises, influence processes in organizations, and next generation issues in family enterprises.

Dr. Botero has been a full time faculty at Illinois State University and the University of Minnesota Duluth; an adjunct instructor at the University of Kentucky, DePaul University, and the University of Illinois Springfield; and a visiting scholar in the College of Business and Social Science at Aarhus University in Denmark.


Daniel Holt

Daniel Holt

Dr. Daniel Holt has an eclectic background with degrees in electrical engineering, environmental management, human resource development, and management. Before joining the Business Bulldogs of Mississippi State University, he retired after 20 years of active duty as an officer in the United States Air Force who worked as an engineer all over the world, from Myrtle Beach to Uzbekistan, earning a bronze star for his service in the Middle East.

He is an avid learner who is a licensed panhandler, bartender, bulldozer operator, and graphologist, and a proud member of the Mississippi State University faculty. He has shared his research on family firm management, innovative thinking, and organizational analysis in over 35 publications.


Josip Kotlar

Josip Kotlar

Josip Kotlar received his Doctorate from the University of Bergamo (Italy) in 2012 and is currently Assistant Professor in Family Business at the Lancaster University Management School (LUMS).

Josip Kotlar’s research interests span a wide range of topics at the intersection of strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation. He has published an influential research study on goals and goal setting processes in family firms. His longitudinal studies about family influence on technology acquisition and R&D investments are receiving growing attention. He is also interested in corporate governance and particularly ownership and management issues in family firms. Most recently, he has done studies on family firms’ innovation capability and competitive advantage, research that looks at the factors that encourage or inhibit the absorptive capacity of family firms, and the impact of family owners to innovation search processes.

On these topics, Josip Kotlar has authored articles in leading journals including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, the Journal of Small Business Management, Small Business Economics and the Journal of Product Innovation Management, as well as, dedicated family business journals like Family Business Review and the Journal of Family Business Strategy.

In 2015, Josip Kotlar joined the Editorial Review Board of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and he is a guest-editor for special issues in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and the International Journal of Management Reviews. He served as the Academic Co-Program Chair of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) 2015 Conference.

Josip Kotlar was awarded a FOBI Scholar in Residence Scholarship in 2015 and a FOBI Research Scholarship in 2014, and his research won several awards, including the Best Paper Proceedings at the 2015 and 2014 Academy of Management, the Best Practitioner Focused Paper Award at the 2014 Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC), the Best Conference Paper Award at IFERA 2014 and the Best Paper Award and Best Doctoral Student Award at FERC in 2012.

Josip Kotlar teaches family business, entrepreneurship and strategy at the undergraduate, postgraduate and executive levels, and is a member of the core team at the LUMS Centre for Family Business, being involved in the formulation of the Centre’s strategic plans, the design and development of education programs for family business owners and managers, collaborative projects with family businesses and organization of academic and practitioner events.


"Being the FOBI Scholar in Residence is a great opportunity to grow my professional network and engage in new exciting research initiatives. The Seidman College is a place highly conductive to impactful research where I could engage in many seminars and conversations about family business research and develop new research collaborations. FOBI also provides a unique access to family businesses operating in West Michigan. I was impressed by Grand Rapids and its vibrant community of small and large family businesses. Through site visits and various meetings with family business leaders, I could appreciate their strong commitment to innovation and growth and their strong willingness to engage with the University to create fruitful flows of knowledge and ideas. I highly recommend the FOBI Scholar in Residence program to anyone who wishes to grow their international impact while meeting new friends and colleagues with a passion for family business research."

- Dr. Josip Kotlar

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