Scholar in Residence

Applications for Scholar in Residence 2023-24 are open now!!

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The FOBI’s Scholar in Residence program is an exciting opportunity for scholars from other prominent schools around the globe, to conduct research in the family business field with scholars at the Seidman College of Business and to connect and build relationships with the West Michigan family business community. 

The Scholar in Residence receives an $11,000 stipend to fulfill the responsibilities outlined below over a 12-month period:

  • Collaborate with at least one faculty member from Seidman and submitting an article for publication in a peer reviewed journal article.
  • Collaborate with Seidman faculty members and the FOBI Director on family business related research.
  • Visit Seidman for at least two weeks to meet with faculty, students, and family business leaders.*
  • Provide an executive education seminar for West Michigan’s family business leaders. 
  • Write a 2-3-page, practice-oriented manuscript, on any area of expertise, product of previous, or ongoing research, to be distributed to West Michigan’s family business executives.  

*If international travel is required to visit the US, please check the CDC guidelines before applying, since airlines won’t let international travelers to visit the US unless fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and GVSU has a fully vaccinated mandate to date.


In addition, the Scholar receives up to $2,800 in travel expenses for his/her/their visit to Grand Rapids, MI for a minimum of 2 weeks. The recipient of the award will be announced at FERC's annual conference

The application requirements are the following: 

  • CV including a detailed list of family business and other publications.
  • A research statement, explaining not only research interests, but what the candidate can bring to FOBI and Seidman (up to 1,000 words).
  • A personal statements including why the candidate is interested in the position and in the family business field. 
  • A brief of the practice-oriented seminar that could potentially be offered to the West Michigan family business community (title plus up to 2 paragraphs).





See what spending two weeks in Grand Rapids would be like!

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Dr. Eric Clinton

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Dr. Eric Clinton

Eric Clinton is Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship at DCU Business School, and Director of the DCU National Centre for Family Business. He received his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School UCD Ireland. His research interests are primarily concerned with strategic entrepreneurial practices in multi-generational family firms. Demonstrating the practical relevance of his research, Eric has presented to family businesses in many countries including UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, China, and the USA. Eric is a Board Member of the Global STEP Project and he serves on the Editorial Review Board of Family Business Review and International Small Business Journal.


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Dr. Hanqing "Chevy" Fang

Dr. Hanqing “Chevy” Fang’s research primarily focuses on family firms, entrepreneurship, and strategic management. His works have appeared in journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, among others. He receives Family Firm Institute (FFI) Best Dissertation Award in 2017. He also receives the Outstanding Reviewer Award for Family Business Review journal in 2018. Dr. Fang serves in the Editorial Review Broad for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Family Business Review and Journal of Family Business Strategy. He is also serving or has served as track -chair or -organizer in academic conferences such as United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, European Academy of Management conference and Small Business Institute conference.


Anneleen Michiels

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Anneleen Michiels

Dr. Anneleen Michiels is current faculty member of Hasselt University in Belgium, as an Assistant Professor of Finance. She obtained her Ph.D. from Hasselt University in Applied Economics Sciences in 2012. Her research focus lies in family firms, finance, and corporate governance. She has professional experience at KPMG as a junior consultant, as well as academic experience at schools other than Hasselt University, such as Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussels and KU Leuven. 

Dr. Michiels has held an abundance of conference presentations all over the Europe in places such as Germany, Scotland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, France, and Hungary. She is currently servicing the European Academy of Management, as a family business research strategic interest group. She has shared her research findings in journals such as the Family Business Review, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, and Small Business Economics. 


Isabel Botero

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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

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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

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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 a FOBI Scholar has been one of the most interesting experiences of my professional career. Having the opportunity to collaborate and promote family business scholarship through a wide variety of projects helped me view our field from different perspectives. Additionally, it also gave me a broader sense of how different disciplines and approaches can enrich our understanding of family businesses and business families. If you are a scholar who is interested in helping grow our field through national and international collaborative research, please consider the FOBI Scholar in Residence program. This program will help you grow in the understanding of family business, and meet a great group of people that are interested and passionate about the continuity of family businesses”. 

- Dr. Isabel C. Botero 


"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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