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IfM Research Fellow Network

The internationally oriented IfM Research Fellow Network offers its members a platform for regular exchange on current research topics, the opportunity for guest residencies and research collaborations. The institute also provides access to scientific data.

Prof. Franz W. Kellermanns

University of North Carolina - Belk College of Business

Research fields

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Family Business
  • Strategy Process
  • International Business


Franz W. Kellermanns is the Addison H. & Gertrude C. Reese Endowed Chair in International Business and Professor of Management in the Belk College of Business at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. He is the academic director of the Doctor of Business Administration program (DBA). He holds a joint appointment with the Center for Family Business at the WHU–Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. In a worldwide study, he was ranked 13th among the leading contributing authors in entrepreneurship research (JSBM, 2018). His research interests include international business, strategy process, and entrepreneurship with a focus on family business research.

He is an editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and former associate editor of Family Business Review. He has published over 110 articles in peer reviewed journals, such as Organization Science, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Family Business Review, Academy of Management Learning and Education, etc. He serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Group and Organization Management, Family Business Review, Journal of Family Business Strategy, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. His most recent co-edited books are Innovating Strategy Process and Family Business Companion.