The International Family Enterprise Centre (IFEC) is the first ever centre of excellence in Malaysia that is devoted to empowering the community of business families in preserving generational family legacy and advancing knowledge on family business management.

The centre serves as a platform advocating and facilitating business families around the world for peer-learning, networking and growth. In guiding generational business families, we disseminate body of knowledge on family business through advocacy initiatives, education, and research publications.



Dr Feranita
Expertise: Family business, entrepreneurship, university-industry collaborations, and innovation
Justin Yap Zhi Hao
Expertise: Project management, digital content, marketing


Dr Thanuja Rathakrishnan
Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Small and medium sized businesses
Dr Nelvin Leow XeChung
Expertise: Travel behavior modelling, smart mobility, road traffic sustainability, and environmental management
Dr Thivashini B Jaya Kumar
Expertise: International business, Service marketing and consumer behavior
Dr Lin Woon Leong
Expertise: Sustainability, ESG
Dr Serene Yong Jing Yi
Expertise: Strategic human resource management, intellectual capital, and sustainability
Business Advisory Board


The advisory board plays a pivotal role in guiding and shaping the strategic direction of the centre. Comprised of accomplished professionals, industry experts, and experienced practitioners, the advisory board brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table.

Working closely with the centre's leadership,  the advisory board provide valuable perspectives and recommendations on key decisions and initiatives.

Dato Loy Teik Ngan

Executive Chairman, Taylor's Education Group, Malaysia

Mr Yong Yoon Li 

Managing Director, Royal Selangor, Malaysia

Dr Johnben Loy

Founder & Clinical Director, Rekindle Centre for Systemic Therapy, Malaysia

Mr Alvin Yap

Managing Director, A.D. Financial Group, Malaysia

Dr Roy Mouawad

Founding CEO, Lurning, Barcelona, Spain

Academic Advisory Board

Professor Alfredo De Massis

Free University of Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy; Lancaster University, UK; and IMD, Switzerland

Professor Mathew (Mat) Hughes

Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Leicester, UK



Associate Professor Vanessa Ratten

La Trobe University, Australia

Professor Julio Diéguez Soto

University of Malaga, Spain

Assistant Professor Emanuela Rondi

University of Bergamo, Italy

Dr Simone Corsi

Loughborough University, UK

Doctoral Researchers

Our PhD students actively contribute to the research efforts of the International Family Enterprise Centre (IFEC). They play an integral role in exploring various aspects of family business, generating valuable insights, and advancing the knowledge base within the field.

Through their dedication and expertise, our PhD students actively participate in conducting rigorous research studies, analyzing data, and uncovering key findings that contribute to the growth and development of the IFEC.

Lala Irviana

Research Area: family business, emotions, family values

Nilantha Perera

Research Area: entrepreneurship, decision-making, cognition

Noor Dasrafeezal Bin Abdul Shukur

Research Area: strategy, crisis communication

Yap Chuan Xin

Research Area: entrepreneurship, startup, crowd funding

Lim Yingying

Research Area: behavioural finance, FinTech, alternative finance, entrepreneurship.

Bongile Lungile Lucia Dlamini

Research Area: credit access, SMEs, information asymmetry 



Case Studies & Journals
  • Corsi, S, Feranita, F., Hughes, M., and Watson, A. (2022) Universities as Internationalisation Catalysts: Reversing Roles in University-Industry Collaboration. British Journal of Management,

  • Corsi, S, Feranita, F., and De Massis, A. (2022) International R&D partnerships: the role of government funding in reducing transaction costs and opportunistic behavior. R&D Management, 52(3), 447-611

  • Margiono, A. and Feranita, F. (2023) Government Initiatives and Social Entrepreneurship in Thailand: Exploring the Role of Pracharath Rak Samakee Social Enterprise Scheme (ประชารัฐรักสามัคคี) and the Way Forward. Heritage Entrepreneurship: Cultural and Creative Pursuits in Business Management Palgrave Studies in Global Entrepreneurship

  • Feranita, F., Mouawad, R., Amin, M., Woon Leong, L., & Rathakrishnan, T. (2022). Unveiling the role of entrepreneurial education in preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs in Malaysia. Strategic entrepreneurial ecosystems and business model innovation. Emerald 

  • Rathakrishnan, T., Feranita, F., Leong, L. W., Yi, Y. J., & Mouawad, R. (2022). Evolution of Entrepreneurship Development Among Different Generations in Adopting Technology in Malaysia: Towards a Reconciliation for Collaboration. In Innovation in ASEAN (pp. 53-64). Springer, Singapore

  • Feranita, F, Palomo, D. R., & Diéguez-Soto, J. (2021). The Role of Family Management and Management Control Systems in Promoting Technological Innovation in Family SMEs. European Journal of Family Business, 2021, 11(2), pp. 80–99

  • Feranita, F & De Massis, A. (2021). Conflicts and Resolutions: Continuing a Generational Family Business in Ipoh, Malaysia, SAGE Business Cases

  • Margiono, A. and Feranita, F. (2021) The past, present, and future of social entrepreneurship in Indonesia: A strategy to move the ecosystem forward. In V. Rattan (Ed.), Entrepreneurial connectivity-Network, innovation and strategy perspectives. Springer 

  • Xavier, J.A., Feranita, F., Jambulingam, M. and Gorchan Singh, M.K. (2021), ''Assessing ethnic business sustainability in transgenerational succession'', Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print

  • Feranita, F., De Massis, A., Santora J. C., & Kotlar J. (2018). Managing strategic change in family business: The case of Glopac Chemical. In Dieleman, M. (Eds.), SAGE Family Business Case Series by SAGE Business Cases

  • Feranita, F., Kotlar, J., & De Massis, A. (2017). Collaborative innovation in family firms: Past research, current debates and agenda for future research. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 8(3), 137-156.

  • Yong, J. Y., & Yusliza, M. Y. (2016). Studying the influence of strategic human resource competencies on the adoption of green human resource management practices. Industrial and Commercial Training, 48(8), 416-422. 

  • Yusliza, M. Y., Yong, J. Y., T. Ramayah, Tanveer, M. I., & Zikri, M. (2018). Determinants of continued usage intention of electronic human resource management. International Journal of Engineering & Technology, 7(4), 3854-3864.

  • Yong, J. Y., Yusliza, M. Y., Ramayah, T., & Fawehinmi, O. (2019). Nexus between green intellectual capital and green human resource management. Journal of Cleaner Production, 215, 364-374. 

  • Yong, J. Y., Yusliza, M. Y., & Fawehinmi, O. (2019). Green Human Resource Management: A systematic literature review from 2007 to 2019. Benchmarking: An International Journal, 27(7), 2005-2027. 

  • Yong, J. Y., Yusliza, M. Y., Jabbour, C. J. C., & Ahmad, N. H. (2020). Exploratory cases on the interplay between green human resource management and advanced green manufacturing in light of the Ability-Motivation-Opportunity theory. Journal of Management Development, 39(1), 31-49. 

  • Yong, J. Y., Yusliza, M. Y., Ramayah, T., Jabbour, C. J. C., Sehnem, S., & Venkatesh, M. (2020). Pathways towards sustainability in manufacturing organizations: Empirical evidence on the role of green human resource management. Business Strategy and the Environment, 29(1), 212-228.  

  • Yusliza, M. Y., Yong, J. Y., Tanveer, M. I., Ramayah, T., Juhari, N. F., & Muhammad, Z. (2020). A structural model of the impact of green intellectual capital on sustainable performance. Journal of Cleaner Production, 249, 119334. 

  • Yong, J. Y., Yusliza, M. Y., Ramayah, T., & Seles, B. M. R. P. (2022). Testing the stakeholder pressure, relative advantage, top management commitment and green human resource management linkage. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 29(5), 1283-1299.  

  • Foster, B., Muhammad, Z., Yusliza, M. Y., Faezah, J. N., Johansyah, M. D., Yong, J. Y., ul-Haque, A., Saputra, J., Ramayah, T., & Fawehinmi, O. (2022). Determinants of Pro-Environmental Behaviour in the Workplace. Sustainability, 14(8), 4420.

  • Yong, J. Y., Yusliza, M. Y., Ramayah, T., Farroq, K., & Tanveer, M. I. (2022). Accentuating the interconnection between green intellectual capital, green human resource management and sustainability. Benchmarking: An International Journal, Vol. ahead-of

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A community consisting of Nextgen of family business with the intend to provide opportunities for engagement, collaborations and knowledge transfer for students and alumni. 

  • Vision: To inspire a community of Nextgen that co-creates networks and collaboration in the world of family business.
  • Mission: To establish a world-class network of students, alumni and mentors who are Nextgen of family business by providing opportunities for engagement, collaboration and knowledge transfer. 


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