IFERA 2017 Zadar

December 1, 2017

IFERA 2017 Conference at Zadar, Croatia Family businesses are often torn between their local roots and their desire and need for internationalization. They grapple with the paradox of being deeply rooted to their origins, tradition and local communities, while, at the same time, exploiting international opportunities in the global marketplace to stay competitive. IFERA invites papers that speak directly to the selected conference theme “Locality and Internationalization of Family Businesses”. In addition, we invite papers on all aspects of family business research, including but not limited to succession, leadership and governance, entrepreneurship, strategy, organization, family relationships, emotions, family psychology and sociology, history, economics, finance, and accounting, as well as issues that lie at the intersection of these and other interrelated disciplines. All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. STATUS UPDATEThe scientific program of the conference is availableClick here to download Keynote Speakers Paul Beamish – Canada Research Chair in International Business. Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada Bio Johan Wiklund – Al Berg Endowed Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship. Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, USA Bio “Locality and internationalization of Family Business” Program Co-Chairs: Jörn Block, University of Trier (Germany) Massimo Baù, Jönköping International Business School (Sweden) Family businesses are often torn between their local roots and their desire and need for internationalization. They grapple with the paradox of being deeply rooted to their origins, tradition and local communities, while, at the same time, exploiting international opportunities in the global marketplace to stay competitive. IFERA invites papers that speak directly to the selected conference theme “Locality and Internationalization of Family Businesses”. In addition, we invite papers on all aspects of family business research, including but not limited to succession, leadership and governance, entrepreneurship, strategy, organization, family relationships, emotions, family psychology and sociology, history, economics, finance, and accounting, as well as issues that lie at the intersection of these and other interrelated disciplines. All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. Family business research is indeed a truly multi-disciplinary, creative, rigorous, reflexive, and critical community. Let’s discover once again the pleasure of discussing between good friends the topics we love in a relaxed environment. Moreover, Zadar is amazing in June!  Family firms’ local roots and how they impact the local economy The conference seeks for a better understanding of the relationship between family firms and their local economy. It is often assumed that family firms have a strong connection to their home regions. But, so far, little empirical research exists on this topic. Exemplary research questions are the following:  How do family firms and their leaders and decision makers care about the local economy? How does this connection to the home region develop over the generations? What is the role of family firms in regional economic environments and how do they contribute to regional economic growth and development? Which role does the family and the family tradition play to create a link between the family firm and the region in which the family firm is located? How can policy makers create an environment such that family firms become a cornerstone of regional development? How do family firms face economic crises and how does this impact the local labor market?   These and other related questions […]

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