Best Dissertation Award Submission
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The Best Doctoral Dissertation Award is given to encourage and recognize outstanding academic achievement in the field of family business study. The Best Dissertation Award is awarded annually after a blind, peer review of all submissions.

Dissertations, including multi-article dissertations, may be on any topic of relevance to the understanding and appreciation of family firms and/or family firm advisors. Dissertations must have been written in English as part of a doctoral course of study at an accredited academic institution and must have been defended in the last 18 months.

The 2023 Best Doctoral Dissertation Award is generously sponsored by the Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont.

For a dissertation to be eligible for consideration, the author must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • All materials must be submitted in English and as PDFs.
  • All required fields on the online submission form must be completed and uploaded as directed.
  • All materials submitted must redact all references that would allow for the identification of the author, including the author’s name, the name(s) of the advisor(s), the dissertation committee members, and any affiliated academic institution(s).

Submitted materials must include:

  • Dissertation, which can be a monograph or multi-article dissertation
  • One page abstract of no more than 120 words
  • Summary of no more than 20 pages
  • Submission Deadline: The deadline for submissions for awards is April 1, 11:59pm, Eastern Daylight Time.

Applicants will be notified of the decision in writing by June 15 of the submission year. Winners are expected to be present at the FFI annual conference to receive the award.