IFERA 2020 Annual Conference:

Generations to generations:
Bridging past and future in family business

24-26 June 2020
Santander, Spain


  • Paper development workshop
  • Dedicated sessions for special issues
  • Special issues Journals: with the most promising papers
  • Family Business Day with scholars, practitioners and entrepreneurs
  • Seminars on emerging topics
  • Awards

Key Deadlines

  • 3rd February 2020: Paper Submissions
  • 2nd March: Application closure for Doctoral Consortium, PDWs and Summer School
  • 20th March 2020: Notification of acceptance for conference submissions​ and Consortia​.
  • 3rd May 2020:  Registration deadline for paper authors.

To survive and thrive over time, family businesses face the important challenge of generational transfer and renewal. The new generations have the task of developing regenerative capacities to enlarge economic and non-economic wealth for future generations. In a world dominated by the uncertainty and disruptive changes, family businesses work as intergenerational alliances oriented not only to preserve but also to generate a sustainable and growing legacy across generations.

Past research demonstrated that family businesses are able to be innovative, international and entrepreneurial, renewing and evolving without losing their foundational values, identities and idiosyncrasies. Scholars have highlighted the importance of successful intergenerational processes when developing smooth transitions from the past to the future, from previous generations to the following, as well as for effectively address new and global challenges. In sum, expanding knowledge about the antecedents, processes and consequences of generational renewal in family businesses is an important priority for family business research and practice.


The conference location is the coastal city of Santander, a belle-époque jewel by the sea.
The University of Cantabria together with one of the largest network of family business chairs in the world, invites you to visit beautiful Spain next June!

Keynote Speakers

Sharon A. Alvarez

Franz W. Kellermanns


Kimberly Wade-Benzoni


Conference Highlights

Paper development workshop (PDW) on different topics by renowned researchers on June 24th.

Dedicated sessions for special issues in progress on June 24th.

Special issues: The launch of journal special issues is being considered to give value to the most promising papers submitted to the conference.
Family Business Day with a novel and international format offering several opportunities of cross-fertilization among scholars and practitioners and involvement of the local, lively entrepreneurial community.

Seminars on emerging topics in family business research and career development.

Conference awards: best conference paper, best paper on conference theme, best theory paper award, best junior scholar award, best paper for practical contribution, best teaching case award, best Ph.D. research proposal award, most promising work-in-progress award, best reviewer award.

Day-by-day program highlights

24th June

Research Development featuring Doctoral Consortium, PDW and WIP presentations,
conference opening and welcome reception


25th June

Special sessions (including dialogues with practitioners;
sponsored research sessions; multidisciplinary research sessions),
Social dinner.

26th June

All other sessions and Gala Dinner with Academic Awards


Check the full program here.