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Congratulations to the 2020 Academic Award Recipients
June 05, 2020
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ne of the hallmarks of FFI is its ongoing commitment to advance the field both through publishing, practice, and research. In May, we were pleased to announce the 2020 Achievement Award Recipients. Today, we celebrate more outstanding contributions to the field by announcing the 2020 Academic Award recipients. These awards will be presented at the FFI Conference in October.

Best Doctoral Dissertation Award
This award is given to encourage and recognize outstanding academic achievement in the field of family business study.
The 2020 award-winning Dissertation is:
Enriching the Early Phases of the Succession Process: An Explanation of the Role of Social Mechanisms in Business Families by Mira Bloemen-Bekx for Hasselt University. Mira is currently the dean of the School of Facility Management at Hanze University of Applied Sciences.
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Mira Bloemen-Bekx
Hasselt University
Best Unpublished Research Paper Award
The Best Unpublished Research Paper Award is awarded annually after a blind peer review of all submissions. Papers may be on any topic of relevance to the understanding and appreciation of family firms and/or family firm advisors.
The 2020 award-winning paper is:
Contextualizing Institutional Logics: The difference that the “social class” context makes in “family logic” scripts development and their enactment in Scottish family businesses by Zografia Bika and Simy Joy. Zografia is associate professor at Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. Simy is a faculty fellow in organizational behaviour and human resource management at Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK).
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Zografia Bika
University of East Anglia
Simy Joy headshot
Simy Joy
Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
Thanks to the 2020 Academic Award Committees
Best Doctoral Dissertation
Dianne H.B. Welsh, chair
University of North Carolina Greensboro

Claudia Binz Astrachan
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Francesco Barbera
The University of Adelaide 

Isabel Botero
University of Louisville

Erick Chang
Arkansas State University

Giovanna Campopiano
Lancaster University

Kajsa Haag
Jönköping International Business School

Peter Jaskiewicz
University of Ottawa

Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez

Orlando Llanos Contreras
Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción

Michael Meeks
Louisiana State University Shreveport

Tommaso Minola
Università degli studi di Bergamo

Lucia Naldi
Jönköping International Business School

Julia Vincent Ponroy
IPAG Business School

Ignacio Requejo
Universidad de Salamanca

Best Unpublished Research Paper
Nadine Kammerlander, chair
WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management

Kincy Madison
Oklahoma State University

Marc van Essen
University of South Carolina
FFI is pleased to continue its collaboration with the University of Vermont Grossman School of Business and the STEP Project for the 2021 Family Enterprise Case Competitions (FECC). We invite you to submit a case for consideration at the January 12-16, 2021 event.

Submit your case by July 1, 2020.

Dates to Remember
FFI On Monday with John W. Ambrecht and Michael D. Whitty
Family Business Governance Structures That Actually Fit Human Behavior to Enhance Successful Succession
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FFI On Monday with Salvatore Tomaselli
Family + Business: Finding the Balance with the FiBMC
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FFI On Monday with Ian Macnaughton and Paul Lermitte
Behavioral Interpersonal Finance: Actions for Intergenerational Engagement
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FFI On Monday with James Olan Hutcheson
Behavioral Economics and CEO Decision Making in Family Firms
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Last day to submit a case for the Family Enterprise Case Competition
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Previous Edition
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Thank you yet again from FFI on Friday to all those presenting and participating in our FFI on Monday series. When we started this series in April, partially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had no idea it would be so popular. As of today, more than 400 people have registered. The series concludes on June 29—so register soon for the final month.