Adelaide Business School in Global Top 25 for Family Business

The University of Adelaide Business School has been ranked as one of the top 25 global business schools for family business education and research. It is the only Australian university represented on this list. Others to make the list include Harvard and Northwestern (USA), IMD (Switzerland), INSEAD (France), IE Business School (Spain) and Bocconi University (Italy).

The inaugural ranking was recently released by Family Capital, a publishing company based in the UK. Founded by Drs. Chris Graves and Jill Thomas in 2011, the Adelaide Business School’s Family Business Education and Research Group [FBERG] develops educational programs for and undertakes research of relevance to the family business sector. FBERG is also well connected to the business community both nationally and internationally. Dr Jill Thomas is currently a Director of Family Business Australia (FBA), and formally a Director and Vice-President of the Family Firm Institute (based in Boston, USA). Dr. Chris Graves is a former Director of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), an international network of academics, researchers and other key stakeholders promoting the advancement of research, theory and applied best practice in family business.

FBERG is currently undertaking the 2015 National Family Business survey on behalf of KPMG Australia and Family Business Australia. This year, in partnership with FBA and the Government of South Australia, the Adelaide Business School has launched the Australian eChallenge NextGen, a new family business stream in the university’s successful Australian eChallenge competition. The NextGen competition is a structured educational and mentoring program that assists family firms in working with the next generation of leaders in translating entrepreneurial and innovative ideas into commercial reality. The winning team (to be announced in November) receives $10,000 cash to help fund the rollout of its idea.

Professor Lawrence Abeln, Dean of the Adelaide Business School states “Given the fact that many of the graduates of our Business School will be involved in the family business sector (as owners, advisors, or employees), it is essential that we include a family business focus in our curriculum, informed by leading research on the sector. We are proud to be included in the top 25 Business Schools for family business and it reflects our recognition of and commitment to the family business sector.

For the full rankings click here

For more information about FBERG and its activities, contact Dr. Chris Graves ( or visit FBERG’s website by clicking here

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