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.


Franchising World Magazine article title Social Franchising: You Can Have an Impact

Social Franchising: YOU CAN HAVE AN Impact 


Hosted by the Rosenberg International Franchise Center ( Paul College of Business) and the International Franchise Association Social Sector Committee, this free, 60 minute social franchising webinar compared how commercial and established social franchisors assess franchisee performance and compliance and how they provide ongoing support to their franchisees. . 

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Dr. Steven C. Michael

Dr. Steven C. Michael

Steven C. Michael Receives 2023 RIFC | ISoF Eminent Franchising Scholar Award  

Steven C. Micheal, Ph.D., has been named the 2023 Rosenberg International Franchise Center | ISoF Eminent Franchising Scholar. He will be presented with the award at the 36th Annual ISoF Conference in June. Dr. Michael holds the Bostrom Professorship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

His research focuses on how opportunities are identified and exploited to create new businesses, markets, and organizations. His major research stream examines the business model of franchising, a worldwide venue of entrepreneurship and a vehicle for economic growth and development. Read more about Dr. Michael

Learn more about the RIFC | IsOF Eminent Franchising Scholar Award


Dr. Steven C. Michael receives 2023 ISOF RIFC Award with Dr. Hachemi Aliouche

Dr. Steven C. Michael (center) receives the 2023 RIFC | ISOF Eminent Franchising Scholar Award presented by RIFC director Dr. E. Hachemi Aliouch (right) at the annual ISOF conference held in June in Rennes, France. 










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

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

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



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