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DCU Centre for Family Business

Irish Family Business Learning Community

Every year we host a number of conferences, worskhops and seminars all with a view to translate the latest family business research into practise and assist Irish family businesses with a sustainable management model.

Through our extensive engagement and events programme we aim to build an Irish Family Business learning community and anyone- family business incumbent owners and managers, next generation, family business advisors - can get involved.

Please sign up for our events and newsletters HERE.  

Please also visit our events calendar and gallery.

Family Business' testimonials 

"The CFB network , initiatives and workshops have been very beneficial for both Generation’s 1 and 2 involved in our family business and those not directly involved.  Some excellent workshops during the past 24 months in particular with Ken Moores."

Patrick Buckley, Deputy Managing director, EPS Water, 2nd Generation family business.

"By being part of DCU CFB community is where I found out that most family business have the same difficulties and challenges and that it was not an isolated issues to Matthews family business.  Here we found professional help and real practical solutions from both the CFB facilitators, family business case studies and also from other fellow participating companies. CFB is a one stop shop for sharing issues and finding solutions and most importantly ensuring the sustainable succession of our business to at least one more generation."

Noel Matthews, Development Director, Matthews Coaches, 2nd generation family business.

“I am getting involved with CFB to interact with like-minded people to share ideas and burdens alike. The events I have attended have been both enlightening and encouraging.”

Trisha Arnord, Human Resources manager, TVM, 1st generation family business.

Industry Engagement


Through research collaboration with industry, our academics and research scholars can gain in-depth insights into the realities of the marketplace, while your organisation can stay ahead of the game by accessing fast-breaking knowledge that could give you a valuable competitive advantage. 

Recent published research projects and papers are:

Lessons in Resilience and Success: A Snapshot of Multigenerational Family Businesses in Fingal, Dublin
By Martina Brophy and Eric Clinton
Commissioned by Fingal County Council
The report provides a snapshot of 12 multi-generational family businesses in Fingal with family involvement ranging from second to fourth generation. Between them they employ over 3,500 and have turnovers ranging from €1.5 million to in excess of €100m per annum. Full report here.
Teeling Whiskey Company: a tradition of family entrepreneurship and whiskey distilling
By Colm O'Gorman, Martina Brophy and Eric Clinton 
This case study explores the origins of a new high-growth family start op competing in a traditional industry. Teeling Whiskey Company is the brainchild of entrepreneur Jack Teeling,,,Read full paper here

Full libary of publications and resources can be viewed HERE.


Centre for Family Business is fully non-exchequer funded and we always look for partners and sponsors for our research projects, events and scholarships.

Please contact us via to find out more. 


Research Careers

Post doctoral researcher

2 year full time role - now closed

PhD Studentship

As part of our growth strategy we are looking for PhD students to join our vibrant research team in DCU CFB and DCU Business School. Please see full details HERE.


If you are interested in any of the above opportunities to engage with the DCU CFB please contact us via or 01 700 6921 to find out more.