Our focus areas are Entrepreneurship, Ownership and Renewal. Most of our research has a strong international connection, and we collaborate with partners all over the world.

Our research environments encourage working over disciplinary boundaries. This makes the research more relevant and strengthens our footing in the business world. We are also active partners in several international networks, which means that we participate in and initiate international research projects.

Located in one of Sweden's most dynamic enterprise regions, JIBS is ideally placed for world-class research in a wide range of areas and for close cooperation with business and society.

JIBS conducts research in four different disciplines: Business Administration, Economics, Informatics, and Statistics. Areas include entrepreneurship and family business (where we rank among the first in the world), international trade, regional economics, economic geography, financial economics, logistics, statistics, business development, innovation, management and media management.

JIBS also has a number of research centres that are internationally renowned and are able to attract well-known experts in their fields. The research centres CeFEO and MMTC have institutionalized visiting professorship programmes, such as the Toft International Visiting Professor Programme.

Research on Entrepreneurship

JIBS sees entrepreneurship as a research field, a practice and an attitude. Our research in entrepreneurship aims to assist in solving the challenges that entrepreneurs, businesses, organisations and society as a whole face today and in the future to create innovation and sustainable business development. In this regard, JIBS faculty is dedicated to discovering and disseminating relevant new knowledge of value to society and academia. The wide variety of JIBS research topics is a testament to our international and boundary-spanning focus that builds on the synergies between our disciplines and our research centres. Our research in entrepreneurship is interdisciplinary, integrating perspectives from business administration, economics, and informatics, as well as combining quantitative with qualitative methods.

JIBS entrepreneurship research focuses on the formation and growth of new organisations, and the change and transformation of established ones. We focus also on innovation and change in industries; on antecedents, conditions, paths and strategies of continued and sustained business development in selected national and international settings; and on interactions between the environment, entrepreneurs and businesses. Our research objectives are to understand, analyze, and evaluate the emergence of innovation, new organisations and new capabilities in enterprises, industries, regions, and other entrepreneurial environments. We also seek to provide novel insights for academia which are of strategic relevance to entrepreneurs, businesses and policy-makers.

Research on Ownership

JIBS research in this field focuses on the structures, characteristics and strategies related to various types of ownership in organisations. Much of this research is inter-disciplinary to explore fields and concepts such as family business, corporate governance, succession, ownership transition, emotional and psychological ownership, financing, laws and regulations, agency, accounting and reporting, networks and alliances, power and responsibilities.

One of the largest focus areas in ownership is family business. The Centre for Family Entrepreneurship and Ownership (CeFEO) at JIBS is noted for its high-quality research on different family businesses and ownership topics. The Centre’s researchers are nationally and internationally recognized for their work in this area, much of which has combined academic excellence and practical relevance in their findings about ownership. The Centre participates in many diverse activities, both nationally and internationally, to support a greater understanding of the structures and strategies of successful family businesses.

CeFEO is a unique opportunity for scholars to address research problems related to the meaning and implications of different types and dimensions of ownership. The Centre’s group of scholars have repeatedly been ranked as leading in Europe and among the very top worldwide in terms of quality and productivity of publications in family business research. The last ranking published in 2013 placed CeFEO 1st in Europe and 3rd in the world.

Another unique focus of ownership research at JIBS is examining a variety of perspectives on legal governance issues related to ownership from the fields of microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, finance, law, accounting and management. JIBS scholars in these disciplines explore a wide range of topics, such as the game theoretic properties of contests, the portfolio selection in an incomplete market, social banking, corporate social responsibility, formal reporting of governance to the public, microfinance, succession of management and ownership, and ownership exits. Others specialize within this focus area and conduct research in both developed and growing economies.

Research on Renewal

JIBS research on renewal encompasses a wide range of perspectives and approaches. It comprises concepts such as economic renewal, regional renewal, business transformation, ownership transition, reshaping of industries, failure, change management, globalization, the urbanization process, and more. Our researchers recognize how successful innovations often change the relative positions of firms competing in an industry and addresses ways for enterprises, and industries, to capitalize and build upon change and progress rather than succumb to them.

JIBS renewal research also reflects how trade and geographic conditions enable industries and regions to rejuvenate but also why they fail. Our scholars’ expertise in spatial economics asks and seeks to answer the questions as to how cities, counties, regions and nations can encourage economic development and growth. Thus the research also includes analysis and understanding of the causes of renewal transformation in the wider social, cultural and structural contexts where firms operate.

Content updated 2020-03-10