Dr Yong Wang, from the Management Research Centre at the University of Wolverhampton Business School, has won the ‘Best Paper on Conference Theme’ at the 2015 International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) Conference in Hamburg, Germany.
IFERA is a prestigious, world-leading family business research association and is dedicated to advancing family business research and translating research findings and theories into practical actions.
The University of Wolverhampton was amongst other international universities to attend this respected event for Family Business Research. The award was presented in recognition of the 2015 conference theme, which focused on 'Tradition and Innovation in Family Business'. The results of this research have been used in postgraduate modules, such as entrepreneurial finance for research informed teaching.
Dr Wang has been researching this area for 15 years and has also won 'Best Research Proposal' in 2011 and 'Best Paper Reviewer' in 2009 at IFERA. He has experience of working in a family business in China before gaining a scholarship from the government to then go on to study at Manchester Business School. He has also completed a PhD which focused on family business succession.
Dr Wang said: "I am honoured and delighted that my paper on ‘Familiness and Innovation: The Effect of Resource Leveraging’ won the award in Hamburg. The IFERA conference is a venue for leading family business researchers to exchange and share their research initiatives. I feel proud that I can compete and excel at this level.”