"“Long Term Perspectives on Family Business:
Theory - Practice - Policy”"

Lancaster, UK
6 - 9 July, 2010
First Call for Papers (Abstracts & Proposals):Dec 14, 2009
PhD Proposal Competition (€2000): April 1, 2010
FBNPA-IFERA Pacific Asian Research Grant (US$5000): May 15, 2010

The 2010 International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) conference offers the opportunity for family business scholars to come together and share the latest research findings, theoretical advancements, empirical trends, best practice and policy agendas in a world-class research environment. In celebration of the 10th IFERA conference we will bring together family business researchers and invited family business owners to consider long term perspectives on family business, to challenge our understanding and build on what we have learned from previous conferences.

The conference will be hosted at Lancaster University Management School in England, which is the leading full-spectrum management school in the UK and among the world’s most highly ranked management and business schools. Our conference chair will be Carole Howorth, Director of the Lancaster University Centre for Family Business, and England’s only Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business.


6 July 2010 

Day 1

Doctoral Consortium (in conjunction with IFERA/FBN PhD Doctoral Proposal Competition) and Faculty Development Consortium & PDWs

The Doctoral consortium consists of one complete day of workshops and it has been designed as an interactive and educational event for doctoral students. The Faculty Development Consortium has been designed to discuss issues such as career management, developing a research stream, as well as taking leadership roles in specific institutions and centers within an academic setting. The PDWs will include a number of thematic, 2 ½ hour workshops for academics at all levels, running in addition to the Faculty Development Consortium.

7-8 July 2010

Day 2&3

Main Conference: Keynote speakers, panel debate and paper presentations


9 July 2010

Day 4

Knowledge Exchange Day: Bringing together Theory, Practice and Policy The knowledge exchange forum will bring together practitioners, policy makers, advisers and family business researchers to learn from each other in an informal arena.


Social Activities

The IFERA 2010 Conference promises an exciting socio-cultural programme and many opportunities for social interaction and networking.



  • The University of Alberta Best Research Paper Award:  €2000
  • The IFERA - FBN International Best PhD Research Proposal Award:  €2000
  • The http://www.fbn-i.org/" data-mce-href="http://www.geef.org/">GEEF Best Policy-oriented Research Paper Award:  €3000
  • The Jeff Rothstein Award sponsored by FFI and Hubler Family Business Consultants for the most creative paper from a new/emerging scholar: Complimentary annual IFERA conference fee & FFI membership, and a $500 USD travel stipend.
  • FBNPA - IFERA Pacific Asian Research Grant for doctoral dissertation proposal focusing on family businesses in Asia - US$5,000



Competitive full papers will be considered for special journal issues including:


  • Conference Chair: Carole Howorth (University of Lancaster, UK),
  • Research Program Chair: Denise Fletcher (University of Sheffield, UK)
  • Doctoral/Junior Faculty Consortium Chair: Sanjay Goel (University of Minnesota, USA),
  • Members: Panikkos Poutziouris (CIIM Business School, Cyprus – Chair, IFERA 2009), Salvatore Tomaselli (University of Palermo – Chair, IFERA 2011).