About Us

About Us

CeFEO — Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership — is a research and learning Centre at Jönköping International Business School in Sweden. It is the first Centre of this kind in Northern Europe and our aim is to further strengthen JIBS´s already strong reputation for excellence in research on entrepreneurship and business renewal. Our mission is to conduct high-quality research and disseminate knowledge on different family businesses and ownership topics. Our Centre is genuinely interdisciplinary and international. CeFEO was launched during the fall of 2005 and the official inauguration was held on November 23rd, 2005.

CeFEO is based on the idea to combine academic excellence and practical relevance. This means that the Centre is organized around two closely related activities: CeFEO Research and CeFEO Services.

CeFEO Research is devoted to research activities about family enterprising and ownership. The Centre´s researchers are nationally and internationally recognized through publications, award-winning dissertations, papers and regular attendance at conferences around the world. We are involved in both basic and applied research. We host visiting researchers, provide doctoral education and organize national and international research workshops.

CeFEO builds upon almost 20 years of research on family dynamics and thanks to generous donations from a private foundation we have a base upon which we  grow our research activities. You can read more about our research under research programs, publications, workshops and seminars.

CeFEO Services focuses on the dissemination of knowledge about family enterprises and ownership to a broad group of stakeholders, such as academic researchers and educators, as well as family business owners, managers, advisors and policy makers interested in the areas. We offer executive education programs, seminars and other learning activities. CeFEO also has a partnership program for family firms and counseling organizations.

Today CeFEO has more than 30 researchers from several disciplines, such as Business Administration, Economics and Business Law.  The continued operations and future growth of CeFEO is supported by our sponsors. You can read more about the partners and their involvement in CeFEO under Partners.

CeFEO is No. 1 in Europe and 3rd in the world in the field of family business research (Debicki et al., 2009; Matherne et al., 2013), producing academic research, commissioned research, practitioner-oriented books, as well as seminars and training courses for practitioners across Sweden.

Welcome to CeFEO

CeFEO is No. 1 in Europe and 3rd in the world in the field of family business research (Debicki et al., 2009; Matherne et al., 2013), producing academic research, commissioned research, practitioner-oriented books, as well as seminars and training courses for practitioners across Sweden.