Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics

Tanja Leppäaho receives the best paper award from the leading Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (bcerc)

Professor (tenure track) Tanja Leppäaho from the University of Jyväskylä receives the honored Babson College Bertarelli Family Best Paper Award together with Professor Sarah Jack from the University of Lancaster. The award is handed in Oklahoma on the 9th of June 2017.

Babson College is one of the leading universities in the world. BCERC accepts about 20 % of the papers submitted to the conference.

  • This award is a very precious recognition for me and Professor Sarah Jack, Leppäaho says.

The majority of research papers presented at the conference are quantitative studies with the American positivistic tradition.

  • That is why it feels very special to get an award with our study based on a qualitative research design. This also indicates that the American Academy is more open to accepting qualitative research offering new nuances to advance science, Leppäaho elaborates.

The awarded paper discusses how small and medium-sized family enterprises (SMFEs) network internationally. It covers 15 family enterprises from Finland. The SMFEs were observed to do international business with the initial networks generation after generation, in spite of the financial unprofitability and various challenges encountered throughout the collaboration history.

  • The SMFEs built extremely close, dense and social relationships abroad, and ended up with kind of over-embeddedness, Leppäaho concludes.

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