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  • Jolien HUYBRECHTS: Best Research Paper Award - University of Alberta, “The distinctiveness of family intangibles: an empirical study” (Huybrechts, J., Voordeckers, W., Lambrechts, F., Steijvers, T. & Liebaert, N.) at the 12th Annual IFERA World Family Business Conference, Bordeaux, France, 2012
  • Wim VOORDECKERS: Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing, Journal of Family Business Strategy, 2013
  • Ruveyda KELLECI: Best Conference Research Paper Award for First-Time Presenter for the paper “How about this other succession option? Gaining a deeper understanding of the conditions under which a nonfamily CEO can thrive” (Kelleci, R., Lambrechts, F., Voordeckers, W., & Huybrechts, J.) at the 14th Annual IFERA World Family Business Conference, Lappeenranta, Finland, 2014
  • Wim VOORDECKERS: Best Reviewer Award, IFERA Annual Conference, Finland, 2014
  • Alana VANDEBEEK: Award VKW Limburg for thesis “The influence of the reputation of a family firm on the financial performance”, Hasselt University, 2014
  • Pieter VANDEKERKHOF: Best Paper Award for the paper 'The effect of value-based separation on decision-making quality in family firm TMTs: the moderating role of relational governance' (Vandekerkhof, P., Steijvers, T., Hendriks, W., Voordeckers, W.), IFERA Research Development Workshop, Wenen, 2014
  • Wim VOORDECKERS: Best Quantitative Paper Award for the paper "The design and use of controls in family SMEs: a multi-theory perspective" (Maneemai, P., Jorissen, A., Laveren, E. & Voordeckers, W.) at Euram conference, Paris, 2016.
  • Ine UMANS: Best Conference Research Paper Award for the paper "Succession planning in private family firms: Interplay between family governance practices and the board of directors" (Umans, I., Lybaert, N., Steijvers, T. & Voordeckers, W.) at the 16th Annual IFERA Conference, Bogota, Colombia, 2016.


  • Ine UMANS: Best Reviewer Award, IFERA Annual Conference, Zadar, Croatia, 2017.
  • Ine UMANS: Best Inspirational Paper for the paper "The influence of transgenerational succession intentions on the succession planning process: The moderating role of high-quality relationships"  (Umans, I., Lybaert, N., Steijvers, T. & Voordeckers, W.) at the 3th International Family Business Research Forum, Vienna, 2017.