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The Best Unpublished Research Paper Award is awarded annually after a blind, peer review of all submissions.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 manuscript should not have been accepted for publication at the time it is submitted for the award. The winning article must be submitted to FBR for publication consideration. FBR will use an expedited review process to evaluate the submission.

Award Amount: $2,500 


If you are submitting a paper for consideration, please:

  • upload your completed unpublished research paper as requested on the form. Include the author's name, address, phone and email address on the title page only.
  • submit paper in PDF format.
  • Submission Deadline: The deadline for submissions for awards is April 15 of the award year. PLEASE NOTE: Only one submission per author.

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Nominees will be notified of the decision in writing by June 1 of the submission year. Winners are expected to be present at the FFI annual conference to receive the award. Implicit in the awards submission is a commitment, if a winner, to be available to judge this category twice in the subsequent three years. This ensures a consistency of quality and faireness of the process by having experienced judges.

Award Recipients


Jim Chrisman, Srikant Devaraj, Pankaj C. Patel The Impact of Employee Profit Sharing on Firm Productivity in Family and Non-Family Firms
Honorable Mention:
Robert S. Nason, David Gras The Impact of Household Health Events on Family Economic Activity in Indian Slums


Cristina Bettinelli, Manisha Singal, John Davis The Roles of Boards in Family Businesses: Grounded research and new findings


Jan-Philip Ahrens and Michael Woywode for Heroes of the Green Room: Post succession restructuring and corporate performance in family firms



Cinzia Dessi, Michela Floris, Nadine Kammerlander, Alessandra Murru for Breaking with or Adhering to ‚ÄčTradition? Path Dependence and Innovation in Italian Family-Owned WIneries


Nava Michael-Tsabari, Rania Labaki and Ramona Zachary for The Cluster Paradigm Updating the Circle Paradigm: The Family Firm and Entrepreneurial Activities Across Generations





Lucia Naldi, Mattias Nordqvist, Thomas Zellweger, Knowledge Resources and Performance: The moderating role of family involvement in strategy processes





Pankaj Patel, Kimberly Eddleston, Franz Kellermanns, Family Firm Commitment and Performance: A moderated mediation analysis





Isabelle Le Breton-Miller, Danny Miller, Richard Lester, Stewardship or Agency? A social embeddedness reconciliation of conduct and performance in public family businesses


James Chrisman, Jess Chua, Franz W. Kellermanns, Thomas M. Zellweger, Family Firm Valuation by Family CEOS: The role of socioemotional value


Danny Miller, Isabelle le Breton-Miller, Richard H. Lester, Albert A. Canella, Jr., To Reap or To Sow? Governance, strategy and performance in family versus founder businesses


Belen Villalonga, Ph.D., Raffi Amit, Ph.D., Benefits and Costs of Control-Enhancing Mechanisms in U.S. Family Firms


Annika Hall, Mattias Nordqvist, Professional Management in Family Business Contexts: Meanings and implications


Reginald Litz, Understanding the Family Firm Through Metaphor: An alternative strategy for defining the family business


Pramodita Sharma, S. Manikutty, Shedding of Unproductive Resources in Family Firms: Role of family structure and community culture


Pramodita Sharma, Greg Irving, Four Shades of Family Business Successor Commitment: Motivating factors and expected outcomes


Ercilia Garcia-Alvarez, Jordi Sintas-Lopez, Values and Successors: A founder's legacy of different psychosocial and business blends


Reginald Litz, Robert Kleysen, Your Old Men Shall Dream Dreams; Your Young Men Will See Visions: A conceptualization of of innovation in family firms


Pramodita Sharma, Jess Chua and James Chrisman, Succession Planning and Its Dimensions in Family Firms: An empirical evidence


Barbara Murray


Susan F. Moon, Anisa M. Zvonkovic, Wives' Perspectives on Their Involvement in Commercial Fishing as a Family Business: Constructing a fishing family


Daniel McConaughy, Founding Family-Controlled Firms: Operations, financing and value


Ivan Light


Barbara Dunn


Steven D. Goldberg, Bill Wooldridge, Self-Confidence and Dominance/Control: An alternative perspective for succession in family business


Richard Guzzo


Cynthia Iannarelli


Stewart Malone, Selected Correlates of Business Continuation Planning in the Family Business


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