Doctoral Consortiums 

The Doctoral Consortiums are designed as interactive and educational events for doctoral students planning to pursue a career of scholarship in the family business field. The consortiums provide an additional opportunity for the students to share the latest state of their research, learn from and get socialized in the field via close interaction with their peers and experienced participating faculty. Besides learning from insightful presentations about relevant research and methodological issues, students can benefit from breakout sessions in small groups, where they receive feedback on a specific, very focused research problem under the guidance of a skilled facilitator who is an experienced academic in the field.

The consortiums are open to all Ph.D. students who have an interest in family firm research. 


Application: Guidelines & Deadlines

Space in all consortia is limited to 15 candidates. For all consortia, please include a CV demonstrating your current interest, and capabilities in family business research, and provide your complete contact details, including name, university affiliation, email address and phone number, as well as a picture of yourself.

The Beginning Doctoral Consortium caters to students who are in their first year and early in the process of defining a thesis topic and start navigating the academic cycle. Demonstrated interest in research and education in the area of family business is the primary selection criteria. On a space available basis, Master students considering their doctoral work in the family business area may be accommodated. Please also include the following:

  • Abstract of your research interests (150-200 words) – with the heading "Application for IFERA 2015 Beginning Doctoral Consortium"
  • Letter of recommdation from your supervisor (if present)

The Advanced Doctoral Consortium is targeted at those doctoral students who are at least 1 year within their PhD program, and who have already received some preliminary results beyond their literature research. The quality of the abstract and potential benefit for the student are the primary selection criteria. Students must be enrolled in a doctoral program. Please also include the following:

  • Abstract of your thesis (150-200 words) – with the heading "Application for IFERA 2015 Advanced Doctoral Consortium"
  • Letter of recommdation from your supervisor


Submissions will be accepted via our online submission system. Please select the respective consortium upon login.

March 15, 2015 -- Deadline for submissions (early submissions encouraged)

March 21, 2015 -- Notification of acceptance



"The consortium's well-coordinated round-table meetings and discussions with both my peers and renowned experts in the field was invaluably rewarding. I highly encourage doctoral students to fully embrace and take advantage of this significant pre-conference activity"

- Rolex Owino, Strategy & Entrepreneurship Ph.D. Candidate - School of Business & Economics, Jyväskylä, Finland

"The IFERA doctoral consortium is an opportunity to meet personalities whose works were and remain the primary source of your education and inspiration in the field, and to receive their genuinely supportive feedback and advice. In one day you may find the answers you have been looking for months or years. Personally-one of the key events throughout my doctoral journey.

- Olga Štangej

"How to learn the craft of scientific research? How to choose and refine a research topic? How to filter relevant information for my research, and how to get a comprehensive overview of the PhD-process?" With these questions in the back of my head I signed up for the beginner doctorial consortium. The people I met, and the information that was provided during that day proved to be truly valuable to me. I can recommend this introductory consortium  for every beginner in addition to the general IFERA conference with its highly familiar atmosphere!"

- Marcel Megerle, PhD-Student Zeppelin University