Adelaide Business School
Faculty of the Professions
Frank is a Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the Family Business Education & Research Group at the Adelaide Business School. His research interests encompass a wide range of issues applied to family business, entrepreneurship, small business management, and family business education.
In 2014 Frank received his Ph.D. in Economics from Bond University while working at the Australian Centre for Family Business. His thesis received the Family Firm Institute’s prestigious ‘Best Doctoral Dissertation Award’ in 2014. Frank’s research has also been published in high-level journals such as the Family Business Review, Small Business Economics, and the Academy of Management Learning and Education journal, and is regularly presented at international conferences and workshops.
Frank’s expertise in the family business field also includes being the former Director of the Family Enterprise Centre at Stetson University in Florida, USA, designing and delivering various family business curricula in the USA and Australia, a coach for the global Family Enterprise Case Competition in Vermont, USA, a Team Leader for Babson College’s Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) Project, and serving on the Editorial Board of the Family Business Review.
As family business research is inherently cross-disciplinary, my research agenda covers a wide variety of topics/issues, including:
- Business management and performance
- Leadership development
- Organizational culture and behaviour
Date Position Institution name 2016 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2016 Visiting Research Scholar Stetson University, DeLand 2014 - 2016 Director of the Family Enterprise Center Stetson University, DeLand 2013 - 2016 Assistant Professor Stetson University, DeLand 2013 GEN Faculty Member Family Firm Institute 2011 - 2013 Lecturer Bond University, Robina
Date Institution name Country Title 2014 Bond University Australia PhD 2009 Bond University Australia MCom (Hons)
Date Title Institution name Country — Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA) Family Firm Institute —
Year Citation 2019 Barbera, F., Veldhuizen, E., Matser, I., Shi, H., & van Dalfsen, M. (2019). Values-based internationalization: Evidence from a global family firm. In The 15th Family Enterprise Research Conference Proceedings. Burlington, VT, USA. 2019 Graves, C., Shi, H., & Barbera, F. (2019). Family-oriented non-economic objectives and the internationalisation of family firms: Evidence from Australia. In The 19th Annual Conference of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy Proceedings. Bergamo, Italy. 2018 Graves, C., Shi, H., & Barbera, F. (2018). Family-oriented non-economic objectives and the internationalisation of family firms. In UWA Family Business Symposium Proceedings. Perth, Australia. 2017 Graves, C. R., Barbera, F., & Caspersz, D. (2017). Let’s not forget about the family: Examining the interrelationships between family governance, family goals, and business performance. In https://ifera.org/. Zadar, Croatia.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2018 Graves, C. R., Barbera, F., & Thomas, J. (2018). KPMG - Family Business Australia 2017/18 National Family Business Survey. 2017 Steen, A., D'Alessandro, S., Graves, C., Perkins, M., Genders, R., Barbera, F., . . . Davis, N. (2017). Estate Planning in Australia.
- The Family Business Survey and Report (2017) - Commissioned by KPMG and Family Business Australia (with Chris Graves & Jill Thomas).
- Management Program Renewal (2017) - University of Adelaide, Australia (with Henry Shi)
- The Power of Transition Planning Report (2016) - Commissioned by Wilmington Trust and M&T Bank, USA (with Thomas Schwarz & Matt Allan).
- Family Owned Business Institute Research Scholar (2014 & 2010) Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
- The Family Business Wealth and Knowledge Transfer Report (2013) - Commissioned by the BDO Australia (with Justin Craig & Manuel Eberhard).
- International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2009) - Australian Government, Department of Education
- Family Business Perspectives (postgraduate)
- Introduction to Management (undergraduate)
Date Role Membership Country 2013 - ongoing — Family Firm Institute —
Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country 2013 - 2016 Family Enterprise Case Competition (University of Vermont) — — —
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2017 - ongoing Board Member Family Business Review — —
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