Ausgezeichnet: ifm-Artikel von J.-P. Ahrens und M. Woywode erhält den Best Unpublished Paper Award des angesehenen Family Firm Institutes

Der Preis wird im Rahmen der diesjährigen FFI Global Conference 2014 Family Enterprise: Complexities, Constituencies and Constellations in Washington, DC USA verliehen.

For over a quarter century, The Family Firm Institute (FFI) has been engaged in educating, connecting, and inspiring professionals who serve family enterprises. FFI is the leading association worldwide for family enterprise professionals and the organization of choice for the advisors, consultants, educators, and researchers who help perpetuate trans-generational family business wealth. In adopting a multidisciplinary and genuinely global perspective, FFI understands family enterprise as a fundamental driver of global economic growth, prosperity, and stability.

For its global network of professionals, educators, researchers, and family business members, FFI provides opportunities to participate in multidisciplinary educational programs and earn professional designation; enables collaboration at conferences, seminars and online; and creates a single space for interaction, cross-pollination of ideas, expertise and perspectives to further the field of family enterprise.

A key priority for the founders was research—how to mold the field based on new concepts, qualitative studies, and quantitative research—to provide a solid basis for understanding family business. Fortunately for FFI, Jossey-Bass was also interested in the field at this time and became the first publisher of Family Business Review (FBR), the first and oldest scholarly journal in the field.

Originally, FBR was published by Wiley-Blackwell and today is published by SAGE. Recently ranked in the top 20 business journals in Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Reports, FBR remains the flagship journal in the field and a cornerstone of FFI. FBR first received an Impact Factor of .675 in 2007, then quickly grew to 1.357 in 2008, 1.881 in 2009 and 2.426 in 2010.

In 2012, the impact factor was 2.622 and FBR ranked 19/116 in business journals. The Impact Factor, which measures the quality and impact of a publication on its field of study, is the ratio of citations from journals listed in the Social Science Citations Index in a given year to articles published in either the prior two or five years.

In 1989, the founding board of FFI took an additional step to ensure that research was key in FFI’s growth and development by creating awards for Best Doctoral Dissertation and Best Unpublished Research Paper.

In 2009, to increase the visibility of FBR and acknowledge the academics who write and review for the journal, the FFI board established two FBR Awards: Best FBR Article and Outstanding FBR Reviewer.

While families have been in business for what seems like forever, a dedicated "field” of family business—a coherently defined area of systematic inquiry in which family enterprise is a discreet object of study—is surprisingly new.

In fact, formal research devoted to family business only emerged in the past 60 years or so. And it was only through the vision of pioneering thinkers such as Barbara Hollander and Dick Beckhard that an inchoate but sorely needed multidisciplinary field was established with the founding of the Family Firm Institute (FFI) in 1986.

The continued prominence of the Family Firm Institute is testimony to the vibrant legacy of innovative and visionary thinking about how to understand and serve families in business. Over the course of its successful history, FFI has become the preeminent global forum for practitioners and academics to acquire exemplary interdisciplinary knowledge while engaging in collaborative opportunities that facilitate their professional and business development objectives.



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