Partner Projects


Partner Projects

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STEP - Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurial Practices

DCU National Centre for Family Business is the Irish partner to global STEP Project from Babson College, USA. The STEP project is the first worldwide research initiative to study the entrepreneurial process within family businesses.

Established in 2005 by the Institute for Family Enterprising at Babson College, Massachusetts, the research addresses the different requirements for long-term growth and productivity by partnering successful multi-generational family businesses from across the world with leading business experts and academic institutions. STEP has built a global partnership network of leading academic institutions in four regions of the world namely Europe, Latin America, Pacific Rim and North America. Noted international universities include HEC (France), ESADE (Spain), Bocconi (Italy), St.Gallen (Switzerland), Lancaster University (UK), and Babson College (USA). Click here to learn more about STEP.

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GEM Project - Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 

Prof. Colm O’Gorman is a member of the international GEM Project. The GEM Project explores the nature and extent of entrepreneurial activity in Ireland and internationally and strategy in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The GEM Project is the largest entrepreneurial research project in the world. Click here to learn more about GEM.


European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management

EIASM - European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management

The EIASM is an international network for management research and teaching that includes more than 40,000 management scientists from all over the world. The EIASM has dedicated itself to raising the profile of European Management Research with respect to other established scientific disciplines as well as the business world. The overall mission of EIASM is to be a key actor in enhancing the role of advanced studies in management in Europe. Click here to learn more about EIASM.

International Family Enterprise Research Academy

IFERA - International Family Enterprise Research Academy

IFERA is dedicated to fostering a network of academics, business owners and practitioners committed to supporting the family business field. Click here to learn more about IFERA.

The International Partnership of Business Schools

IPBS - The International Partnership of Business Schools 

The International Partnership of Business Schools (IPBS) is a consortium of leading business schools located around the globe. 

As a member of IPBS, DCU Business School is part of an international collaboration between leading business schools (e.g. Northeastern University, Reims University, European Business School), many of which have centres for family business. The IPBS offers an opportunity for research collaboration, practitioner networking, and academic exchange.The IPBS partners offer undergraduate programmes that grant double degrees, require study in two countries, and promote language and cultural fluency along with business aptitude. Click here to learn more about IPBS.



GUESSS - Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Students' Survey  

 Click here to learn more about the GUESSS Survey.