Rosenberg International Franchise Center

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RIFC: Advancing the Understanding of franchising

The Rosenberg International Franchise Center (RIFC) explores and advances the understanding of franchising through academic research, education and outreach. Franchising represents over $674 billion of the business conducted in the United States of America annually.

Jim Combs Receives Inaugural “RIFC | ISoF Eminent Franchising Scholar” Award  

Dr. James Combs

James Combs

James Combs, Ph.D., one of the most well-known and prolific scholars in franchising,  graciously accepted the invitation to be named the first “Rosenberg International Franchise Center | ISoF Eminent Franchising Scholar” at the 34th Annual ISoF Conference (held virtually) in May. Jim is the Della Phillips Martha Schenck Chair of American Private Enterprise & Professor of Management at the University of Central Florida.

He has served as an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Journal and Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice. He is a past President of the Southern Management Association where he is also a Fellow. Jim‘s research appears in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, and Organizational Research Methods.

Learn more about the RIFC | IsOF Eminent Franchising Scholar Award

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RIFC 50 Index

Initially published in 2002, this quarterly is the first stock index to track the financial market performance of the US franchising sector.

RIFC Global Social Franchise Index top ten countries

RIFC Global Social Franchise Index

An annual index ranking 131 countries according to the impact social franchising can have on the well-being of their populations.

RIFC Franchise Attractiveness Index top ten countries

RIFC Franchise Attractiveness Index

An annual index ranking 131 countries according to their attractiveness as franchise expansion markets for US-based franchises.



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