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Ten Clarenwater Thesis Award


Ten Clarenwater Thesis Award

Have you written a thesis in 2017 about family businesses and do you think you are eligible for the Ten Clarenwater Thesis Award? Then please read the following carefully. We cordially invite you to participate and to submit your thesis.

Two prizes will be awarded: one for a thesis at Bachelor’s level and one for a thesis at Master’s level. Theses written in Dutch or English may be submitted, moreover it does not matter which study programme you followed. Since family companies are a multidisciplinary topic, interesting insights can arise from  economic, business, legal, psychological and social perspectives.  Students worldwide are invited to submit their work: the winners will be awarded prize money of €2,500 and their thesis will be published in the Ten Clarenwater thesis series.


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Selection procedure

Selection of the submitted theses consists of two steps:

  1. A pre-selection by the ‘National Family Companies Expertise Centre’, if possible in consultation with your supervisor(s)
  2. The final selection will be made by a renowned jury. The jury will consist of an entrepreneur who is active both nationally and internationally, a professor from Windesheim University of Applied Sciences and an external university professor.

Selection criteria

  • Originality of the thesis topic and/or of how the research question was answered.
  • Innovative or contemporary character of the thesis.
  • Theoretical substantiation and empirical analysis.
  • The social relevance of the research results.
  • Practical implications.
  • Your thesis was written and assessed in 2017.


To have a chance of winning the Ten Clarenwater Thesis Award and to have your own work published, you must submit the following information digitally, no later than 15th February 2018:

  • The thesis, including title, table of contents, bibliography and list of references and a summary (maximum 2 A4).
  • The summary must be concise, clearly stating the following points:
    • the research question;
    • relevance of the research;
    • the recommendations and/or results of the research.
  • Name(s) and contact details of the supervisor(s), as well as an accompanying letter from the supervisor in which he/she states why you are eligible for the prize.
  • A CV with current contact details.
  • A signed and dated declaration of participation. Click here for the declaration of participation.

If you decide to participate, please bear the following points in mind:

  • You (and if relevant, the party that commissioned the research) give permission to publish your winning thesis in the Ten Clarenwater thesis series.
  • You declare that you have not committed plagiarism when writing your thesis.
  • You will cooperate with any editorial amendments or changes to content.
  • You will inform the Ten Clarenwater foundation of any articles that you have written or intend to write that are directly linked to the thesis.

The winners will be announced in March 2018. If you have any questions or in order to submit your thesis, please mail us at