Doctoral and Faculty Development Consortia

June 28, 2017


Consortium chair:

Claudia Binz Astrachan, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland


Doctoral Consortium is designed as an interactive and educational event for doctoral students planning to pursue a career of scholarship in the family business field. It aims at providing 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.

Faculty Development Consortium offers opportunities for new and experienced faculty to develop their careers and skills. Through workshops and group work, faculty will learn and interact with their peers on key topics including publication in peer reviewed journals, teaching family business curriculum, developing research programs, creating and directing a research center, supervising and mentoring doctoral students.




Doctoral Consortium

Faculty Development Workshop




Coffee and Registration




Claudia Binz Astrachan & Torsten Pieper

Welcome and information about the logistics of the day




Academic Speed Dating




Joe Astrachan

The evolution of the Family Business field: hopes, fears and future



Isabel Botero

The craft of reviewing:  How can we benefit from reviewing papers?

Paul Beamish

Dealing with rejection: How to increase your chances of getting published



Coffee and Refreshments




Coffee and Refreshments

Joe Astrachan

Working with families in business: Establishing
 relationships of mutual trust in research and




Breakout Sessions

2 students + 1 faculty (groups TBA)


Massimo Baù

Teaching with the Case Study Method: Insights from the 2-times winner of the FB Case Competition







Kim Eddleston & Torsten Pieper

Writing for success: crafting high-impact articles



Josip Kotlar

How to perform a thorough and meaningful literature review

Lucia Naldi

The potential of and the potential pitfalls in survey research



Coffee and Refreshments



Paul Beamish

Looking ahead: Developing a Personal Research Strategy

Francesco Chirico

Developing family business centered research programs and increasing the publication skills of their members



Johan Wiklund

Building a successful career as an entrepreneurship and family business scholar



Claudia Binz Astrachan & Torsten Pieper

Conclusion and acknowledgments




Application guidelines 

Space in both groups is limited to 15 candidates. Please include in your application a CV reflecting 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.

For the Doctoral Consortium, please also include the following:

  • Abstract of your research interests (150-200 words) – with the heading “Application for IFERA 2017 Doctoral Consortium”.
  • Letter of recommendation from your dissertation supervisor (if already determined) or a faculty member who knows you and your research interests.

For the Faculty Development Consortium, please also include the following:

  • Abstract of your current research interest (150 - 200 words) – with the title “Application for IFERA 2017 Faculty Development Consortium”

Applications can be sent directly to the consortia chair Claudia Binz Astrachan claudia.astrachan[at]


Deadlines (UPDATED!)

  • May 1, 2017 – Deadline for submissions (early submissions encouraged!)
  • May 7, 2017 – Notification of acceptance



If you have any questions, please contact the consortia chair: Claudia Binz Astrachan – claudia.astrachan[at]