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Ten Clarenwater Thesis Award


Ten Clarenwater Thesis Award 2020

Did you write a family business thesis in 2020? Please consider submitting it for the Ten Clarenwater Thesis award. This is an initiative by the Dutch Centre of Expertise in Family Business and the Ten Clarenwater Foundation to stimulate excellent research in the family business field by bachelor and master students.

The theses may cover all kinds of disciplines, as the family business topic is multidisciplinary. The prize will be awarded on both bachelor and master level. The winner will receive €1500 and the runner up €750.

Contact details
+31 (0)88-4696477
PO box 10090
8000GB Zwolle, The Netherlands

contact details
+31 88 4696477
PO box 10090
8000GB Zwolle

Selection procedure

Selection of the submitted theses consists of two steps:

Selection of the submitted theses consists of two steps:

  • A pre-selection by the ‘Dutch Centre of Expertise in Family Business’
  • The final selection will be made by a renowned jury. The jury will consist of an entrepreneur who is active both nationally and internationally, and two professors.

Selection criteria

  • Your thesis was written and assessed in 2020.
  • Your thesis was graded with an A or B+ (or 7,5/75% or higher)
  • 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 relevance of the results.


If you are interested in winning this award, please submit the following information digitally, no later than May 28, 2021:

  • 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 your supervisor(s).
    • A CV with current contact details.
    • A signed and dated declaration of participation. Click here for the declaration of participation.

Return date 28 May 2021

The nominees for the award will be announced in June 2021. The announcement of the winners and the award ceremony will take place in October 2021. The nominees will be invited for this ceremony.

Do you want to be eligible for this award? Then please submit your thesis, to You can also use this e-mail address if you have questions.