The IFERA 2019 Award Ceremony

September 16, 2019

Once again, IFERA 2019 was able to match the highest expectations. Hosted by the University of Bergamo and the Centre for Young and family Enterprises (CYFE) in the old, medieval part of the town, the Conference mixed a vibrant academic environment with a charming, historical location. Organized with the aim of “feeding the fire of entrepreneurship”, IFERA 2019, indeed, became a fertile ground to support the development of theories of the enterprising family and to favor the disciplinary cross-fertilization of family studies and entrepreneurship fields. Both family business scholars and practitioners join their efforts to recognize and discuss the challenges related to family issues, which should be considered as complementary to the much more discussed business ones in fostering entrepreneurial potential of family firms. Beside the intense program of consortia, PDW and parallel sessions and the inspiring keynote speeches of Howard Aldrich, Jay Barney and Nadine Kammerlander, the conference has also offered the chance for networking during its dedicated social program, which culminated in the “glowing” Gala Dinner. Located in the charming Piazza Vecchia, in the heart of Bergamo old town, the Gala Dinner on June 20th became a wonderful moment to enjoy exquisite food and talk with friends and collogues. During the Award Ceremony, thanks to the contribution of our eminent juries, six awards have been assigned as follows: A first prize for the “CYFE – UNIBG” Best Conference Paper Award has been awarded to Chris Graves, Henry Shi and Francesco Barbera and their study entitled “Family-oriented non-economic objectives and the internationalization of family firms: Evidence from Australia”. Drawing on a socioemotional wealth perspective of behaviour of family businesses, the authors argue that greater attention needs to be given to the influence of a family’s non-economic wealth objectives on international behavior. Using survey data collected on over 300 Australian family firms, they examine the influence of family-oriented non-economic objectives on the family firm’s extent of the international involvement of the family firm. The results suggest that business families which emphasise family-oriented non-economic objectives are more likely to exhibit a lower attitudinal commitment towards international expansion, which in turn, determines the level of international involvement of family firms. Results also suggest that the extent of international involvement of the family firm has a significant negative effect on the level of achievement of family-oriented non-economic objectives. The “DIGIP – UNIBG” & “STEP” Best Paper on Conference Theme prize has been assigned to Michela Floris and Cinzia Dessì for their paper “Entrepreneurship Orientation in Family Firms. An Exploratory Study”. Listening to the voices of 30 family firm owner-managers through 60 interviews and building on the assumptions of the Psychological Ownership Theory, this exploratory study uses a qualitative method, through an inductive and interpretivist approach, with the aim to show the different entrepreneurial orientations in family firms. Thirdly, the “SAGE” Best Teaching Case was awarded Ricardo Aparicio for his case study entitled “The Carreño Family”, which describes the attempts of a family to overcome a complicated past and a dysfunctional interaction as partners and siblings. Six brothers and sisters are trying to overcome conflict and resentment, while they try to figure out the […]

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IFERA 2019 Bergamo

September 10, 2019

IFERA 2019 Conference, Bergamo, Italy “Feeding the fire of entrepreneurship: Theory and practice for the enterprising family” In family firms, the intertwinement of the family and the business systems gives the former a crucial role in forging principles, values, and competences that affect entrepreneurial decision-making and outcomes. For example, family structure, members’ roles and relationships impact the resources made available to the firm and their use, both statically (i.e. at a given point in time) and dynamically (i.e. through family development and transitions, such as childbirth and marriage, but also divorce and death). Family-related norms, attitudes and their evolution also have implications on entrepreneurial behaviours (e.g., opportunity recognition, new business start-up decisions) and outcomes (e.g., survival, fulfilment of economic and non-economic goals). Scholars agree it is increasingly important to adopt a family perspective and to focus on the enterprising family as a yet unexploited unit of analysis in entrepreneurship research. The aim of the conference is to create a fertile ground to a) support the development of theories of the enterprising family; b) favour the disciplinary cross-fertilization of family studies and entrepreneurship fields (e.g., the application of family science theory to investigate entrepreneurship); c) frame and systematize the contribution of management theories (e.g., agency theory, stewardship theory, socio-emotional wealth perspective, resource based view, …) to the theorizing on the enterprising family. Such theorizing effort at the “enterprising family” unit of analysis has relevant implications for practice too. Family business practitioners and educators can benefit from this line of inquiry, by recognizing the challenges related to family issues, which should be considered as complementary to the much more discussed business ones in fostering entrepreneurial potential of family firms. The conference location is the old medieval part of Bergamo, a charming and lively town. The University of Bergamo, ranked among the top 100 young universities worldwide and the top 500 universities worldwide according to the Times Higher Education, offers a vibrant academic environment Keynote Speakers: Howard Aldrich, UNC Chapel Hill, USA Jay Barney, University of Utah, USA Nadine Kammerlander, WHU, Germany Pictures of the event are available on the IFERA Official Facebook page Conference chair: Tommaso Minola Conference Co-Chairs: Mara Brumana, Giovanna Campopiano   Consortia Co-Chair: Claudia Binz Astrachan, Emanuela Rondi Research and publications Director: Josip Kotlar Event Coordinators: Valentina Re, Inese Ziemele Conference venue: University of Bergamo, Italy Event dates: 17th – 21st June 2019 Conference Program Overview (pdf) Consortiums Program Overview (pdf) Conference proceedings (members access only) IFERA 2019 has assigned several awards that, based on peer-review, will recognize excellence, quality and impact of papers and proposals submitted to the conference. Awards will include the Best Conference Paper, the Best Paper on Conference Theme, the Best Paper-Contribution to Practice, the Best Reviewer(s) and the best PhD Thesis Proposal.​ The “CYFE – UNIBG” Best Conference Paper Award €2,500 Award jury: Alfredo DeMassis, Cristina Bettinelli, Alister Anderson, Kim Eddleston Winner: Family-oriented non-economic objectives and the internationalization of family firms: Evidence from Australia Chris Graves, Henry Shi and Francesco Barbera Other nominated papers: Failing to sustain collaboration: A longitudinal process study of failed family owner ‒ nonfamily CEO trajectories Rüveyda Kelleci, Frank Lambrechts, Wim Voordeckers […]

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