RIFC posed group


From left to right:  Deborah Merrill-Sands (Dean, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics); E. Hachemi Aliouche (Director, Rosenberg International Franchise Center); Ann Rosenberg (President, RoseVine Winery and The William Rosenberg Foundation); Grant Benson (Senior VP Franchising and Development, Dunkin’ Brands); Udo Schlentrich (Former Director, Rosenberg International Franchise Center); and Christine Miller (Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility & Corporate Foundation, Dunkin’ Brands)

About the Center

Named for noted business entrepreneur and franchise pioneer William Rosenberg, the Rosenberg International Franchise Center (RIFC) explores and advances the understanding of franchising through research, education, and outreach.  

The center offers franchising classes for business students at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. The courses educate students in the fundamentals of franchising, and cover various topics in franchise management. 

The center draws international attention for its three indices:

- the quarterly RIFC 50 Index™, which tracks the financial performance of 50 public franchisors representative of the US franchise sector

- the annual RIFC International Franchise Attractiveness Index, which ranks 131 countries according to their attractiveness as international franchise expansion markets for US-based franchise organizations

- the RIFC Global Social Franchise Index, which ranks 131 countries according to the impacts social entrepreneurship and social franchising can have on the well-being of their citizens 

In addition, the center is actively involved in the communities of franchising, both to gain information about current trends and challenges, and to share insights and solutions. The center interacts with industry experts, the International Franchise Association (IFA), and leading franchise scholars from around the world to produce timely and meaningful research reports. Currently, the center maintains an extensive financial database of franchise corporations and is in the process of building a comprehensive research bibliography on franchising


Mission Statement

To produce a broad range of franchise-related research that addresses issues of present and potential future interest.

To educate students and entrepreneurs about franchising and business issues relevant to the franchise community.

To stage periodic international symposia allowing for the interaction of academic and business leaders in the field of franchising.