Conference Theme:

Coping with Disruptions: Family Firm Continuity and Sustainability in Times of Rapid Change

3-6 July 2018 | Zwolle, The Netherlands

Key Deadlines

5th February 2018

Deadline for submissions

19th March 2018

Notification of acceptance for conference submissions

30th March 2018

Application for Consortia

6th April 2018

Notification of acceptance for Consortia

15th May 2018

Registration deadline for paper authors


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 IFERA 2018 Annual Conference

Radical technological changes in family firms’ business environment, as well as major social, economic and political changes throughout the world, demand more flexibility and adaptability from family firms. At the same time, the family system itself is altering significantly. Families become smaller, have fewer children and will include more elderly persons, potentially endangering the continuity of the family firm. It is thus increasingly important for family firms to develop strategies and structures needed to address radical change, both internally and externally.

The International Family Enterprise Research Academy, IFERA, invites papers that add knowledge to the selected conference theme “Coping with Disruptions: Family Firm Continuity and Sustainability in Times of Rapid Change”. In addition, we invite papers on all aspects of family business research, including but not limited to succession, leadership, governance, entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, marketing, organizational behavior, sociology, family psychology, history, economics, finance and accounting, as well as topics that lie at the intersection of these and other interrelated disciplines. All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. As “engaged scholarship” is highly valued in the conference host organization, researchers are encouraged to reflect, next to the theoretical contribution, on the practical implications of their studies.