The Family Business Center provides insights into relevant topics and offers for businesses within a contribution of TV Tirol which portrays the different research areas of the MCI.


Invitation | Distinguished Guest

We are inviting to our Distinguished Guest Daria Illy
as an upcoming member of the Board of Directors of Illycaffè S.p.A. 
Topic: innovation in family business
Date: March, 29 2019.

Thesis Award

The IMF's Thesis Award is honouring outstanding Bachelor and Master Theses of 2018/19.
Topic: Family Businesses and SMEs
Deadline: June 30, 2019.


CAUTHE Konferenz 2019

In the middle of February the 29th CAUTHE Conference was hosted in Cairns, Queensland.

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This year, the conference’s topics focussed on "Sustainability of Tourism, Hospitality and Events in a Disruptive Digital Age".
With regard to the sustainable persistence of tourism businesses in Tirol, the ZFU presented the paper "Risk identification and risk perception of family tourism businesses in the Tirol", which analyses the risk perception of family businesses in tourism.



Tiroler Wissenschaftsförderung

The Family Business Center is pleased that the Tiroler Wissenschaftsförderung supports this year two projects. The projects promoted are from Teresa Spiess dealing with Personnel Strategies and from Gundula Glowka analysing Risk-Managment. The presentation took place Friday, January 18th, 2019.


18th IECER Conference 2018

The MCI Management Center Innsbruck hosted the annual interdisciplinary IECER Conference at the End of September. The conference’s topic was:
"Everything agile? Dealing with discontinuous dynamics in entrepreneurship and innovation".
The ZFU was represented in two Family Business Tracks with presentations "Risk, risk perception and risk behavior from family businesses in Tyrol", "Employees’ change-oriented and proactive behaviors in family businesses" and "Economic impact of family businesses and failing successions: A comparison of industries in Austria".
For further information click here.

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Award of the Landeshauptstadt Innsbruck

The award of the Landeshauptstadt Innsbruck for Research and Innovation was given to FH-Prof. Anita Zehrer from the MCI for the habilitation at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt for the topic
“Unternehmerisches Verhalten von Dienstleistungsunternehmen”.

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IMF Award for Julia Berkmann

Janina Berkmann received the IMF Award (Institut für Mittelstand und Familienunternehmen) at HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration this year. Her outstanding Bachelor thesis titled ”When the senior leaves and the junior takes over – preparing employees for succession in a family business“ contributes to family business research in the field of succession.
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AIEST Conference 2018

In the End of August, the AIEST conference took place in Treviso. The conference was focusing on the topic "Co-creating tourism experiences: chances, frontiers and limitations” .

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The ZFU was able to present first research findings of a project supported from the Land Tirol in cooperation with LFUI dealing with "Strength, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats in Tourism: Preliminary Insights from Family Business SMEs in the Tyrol, Austria". For further information click here.



„I find it very important and valuable that this platform exists where family entrepreneurs can exchange experiences at eye level on a trustful basis."
Susanne Neuhauser, CEO, Travel agency Idealtours GmbH