Succession intentions of Ireland's next-generation family businesses: Celebrating student partnership in research


Next-generation family business members

The National Centre for Family Business was delighted to present almost 400 next-generation family business students with their Knowledge Co-Creator Badges and Certificates last week. Participating in the first all-island study of 'Succession intentions of Ireland's next-generation family business members', they shared their future aspirations to become leaders with us. 

Drawing on a student-partnership initiative, the project aims to uncover and promote best-practice actionable insights for family businesses and their financial backers. NCFB has partnered with Dr Ian Smyth of Ulster UniversityDr Linda Murphy of University College Cork, and Dr Roisin Lyons of the University of Limerick to co-create important new insights with next-generation family business members attending these higher-education institutions across the island of Ireland. 

Findings will help support family businesses to adapt, survive and thrive into the future as well as inform the Irish Government and EU policy positions on family business succession. Principally led by NCFB Director Dr Eric Clinton, Associate Director Dr Catherine Faherty and Postdoctoral Researcher Dr Michelle Cowley-Cunningham, the report will be launched with our sponsor AIB in April.