Family Business Education and Research Group (FBERG)

Established by Dr. Chris Graves and Dr. Jill Thomas in 2011, FBERG is Australia’s leading university-based group furthering family enterprise research, education, and engagement worldwide.

Through FBERG’s initiatives, the Adelaide Business School has been recognised as one of the top 25 global business schools for family business education and research.

FBERG’s mission is to advance the growth and performance of the family business field through its education programs developed in partnership with industry and its relevant thought-leading research.

FBERG's vision is for the University of Adelaide to be known as Australia’s leading university in furthering family enterprise research, education, and engagement worldwide.

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Dr. Chris Graves
ph (08) 8313 7108

  • Research

    Industry and partner based research

    The University of Adelaide’s FBERG are Australia’s representative for the Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) Project, based at Babson College in the USA. The STEP project global applied research initiative that explores the entrepreneurial process within business families and generates solutions that have immediate application for family leaders.

    The FBERG team have been conducting relevant industry-based research, such as the Australian ‘National Family Business Survey’ in conjunction with Family Business Australia and KPMG since 2011, and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners ‘Wealth and Estate Planning Survey’.


    In addition to this, the FBERG team publish scholarly research in leading international journals on a variety of family business issues, such as strategy, governance, next-gen development, succession, transgenerational entrepreneurship, family business branding, and performance.

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As a non-family executive within a family business, this program was revolutionary. The Family Enterprise courses revealed many insightful theories and practical examples that have helped me aspire to be a valued and balanced CEO and hold board positions within the family business sector.Sarah Leo Brand, Strategy & People Open Book Howden

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Transformation and triumph; how to win competitions and pursue greatness

When three MBA students agreed to enter a global family business case competition, they had no idea how profoundly it would impact on them personally and professionally. Each year, contestants from 25 countries travel to the USA to compete at The University of Vermont, Grossman School of Business. During four rounds of intense competition, teams [...]

2019 Family Enterprise Case Competition (FECC)

The University of Adelaide Business School’s Family Business Education and Research Group (FBERG) is sending a team of three MBA students to the USA in January 2019 to compete in the global Family Enterprise Case Competition (FECC). Under the leadership of distinguished family business scholar Professor Pramodita Sharma, FECC has grown to become one of the [...]

Joint Roundtable Discussion on Family Business Research

The University of Adelaide Business School’s Family Business Education and Research Group (FBERG), together with UniSA’s Australian Centre for Asian Business, are holding a joint roundtable discussion of some of the latest thought-leading research being undertaken by scholars at the University of Adelaide and UniSA on Wednesday the 8th of August from 2-6pm (WL5-46, Level [...]