CeFEO is an internationally oriented research and learning centre, that combines academic excellence and practical relevance, in the fields of family entrepreneurship and ownership.

Founded in 2005, CeFEO is a leading research centre in the field of family business research and education. With more than 50 researchers firmly based in Jönköping and a strong international position and impact. CeFEO has a wide network of universities, business schools, scholars and educators around the world and playes an important role on the frontier of family business research and education.

Ongoing focused research and teaching activities related to family business and ownership issues, contribute to the internationally leading position that Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) holds within the area of entrepreneurship and business renewal. JIBS is internationally recognized as a strong research environment for family business scholarship and this is prioritized within JIBS’s strategy for future growth.

CeFEO has been consistently recognized in numerous studies and reports as one of the leading research environments in Europe and worldwide for Family Entrepreneurship and Ownership studies. The centre conducts academic research, and commissioned projects, and develops practitioner-oriented materials such as books, seminars, and training courses catering to practitioners across Sweden. CeFEO is an integrated part of JIBS and contributes actively to the school's three focus areas: Entrepreneurship, Ownership and Renewal. We follow the guiding principles of being international at heart, entrepreneurial in mind and responsible in action.

The leading idea of CeFEO and its activities is to combine academic excellence and practical relevance. We have an ambition to be a natural partner for both international researchers and family firm owners/managers, as well as for advisors and other actors interested in family enterprising and ownership. We host visiting family business scholars and doctoral students. We provide doctoral education and organize international workshops and conferences attracting leading scholars in the field.

CeFEO is actively engaged in research, education, and outreach initiatives.


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