RDW Advancing Gender Diversity

June 30, 2020

Submissions Deadline: September 30, 2020 Acceptance: October 10, 2020 Registrations Deadline: October 20, 2020 Contacts Helga Ravelli: helga.ravelli@unibs.it Event Coordinator: Helga Ravelli, University of Brescia Event Chairs: Advancing Gender Diversity Research in Family Business. A Journey across Disciplines – Call for papers – Although gender diversity allows businesses to reduce conflict and improve performance, women still lag behind men in key strategic decision making positions. Families are in a unique position to promote greater gender equality in their businesses, thanks to early involvement of future business leaders, strong focus on values, and influence on governance structures – which can encourage a change in priorities and mindset. This workshop will provide in-depth discussion of original research papers, including work-in-progress, focusing on different theoretical and empirical approaches to gender diversity and women’s involvement in family businesses. We welcome multi-disciplinary perspectives to further develop this research area. As well as a Keynote Speech, the RDW will include an “Academics Meet Practitioners” panel with experts on the topic from entrepreneurship, corporate governance, sociology and law, as well as from practice (e.g. family business owners and representatives from industrial associations) to inspire our conversation (details will follow). November 5 2.30 – Welcome 2.45 – Keynote speech: David Audretsch 3.30 – Paper Presentations 6.00 – Break 6.30 – Social event November 6 2.30 – Welcome 2.45 – Keynote speech: Rania Labaki 3.30 – Paper Presentations 6.00 – Closing remarks David Audretsch, Indiana University, USA “Family Business and Democracy”​ David Audretsch is a Distinguished Professor and Ameritech Chair of Economic Development at Indiana University, where he is also serves as Director of the Institute for Development Strategies. He also is an Honorary Professor of Industrial Economics and Entrepreneurship at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. Audretsch’s research has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development and global competitiveness. He is co-author of The SevenSecrets of Germany, published by Oxford University Press. He is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal. He was awarded the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research by the Swedish Foundation for Entrepreneurship. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Augsburg, Jonköping University and the University of Siegen. Audretsch also was awarded the Schumpeter Prize from the University of Wuppertal. Audretsch serves as a member of the Advisory Board to a number of research and policy institutes, including the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum in Stockholm, the Jackstädt Centre for Entrepreneurship in Wuppertal, Germany, and the American Center for Entrepreneurship in Washington, D.C Rania Labaki, EDHEC Business School, France “From shadow to spotlight : Towards an emotions perspective on gender in family business” Rania Labaki, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Management at the EDHEC Business School and Director of the EDHEC Family Business Centre (France). Her recent research and teaching interests revolve around the interplay between family dynamics and family business behavior, in relation with entrepreneurial, financial, social, and succession decisions. Rania has been actively involved in several international organizations dedicated to family business. Among her current appointments, she is Board Member of The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), Family Business Scholar of the […]

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FB in times of crisis: Grupo Pereira, Spain

June 26, 2020

As part of the series of interviews on “Family Businesses in Times of Crisis”, we are pleased to share the conversation of Rania Labaki, Associate Professor and Director of the EDHEC Family Business Centre, with Ruy Andrade Pereira, member of the third generation, in charge of External Relations and Business Development of Grupo Pereira in Spain. Established in 1955, Grupo Pereira is a vertically-integrated seafood group, with fishing boats operating in the Atlantic Ocean and factories and offices in 6 countries employing over 1.000 professionals. The COVID-19 pandemic had a ripple effect on the world economies and societies. How have the family and the business been particularly impacted? Our 20 fishing boats are operating from North to South into the Atlantic Ocean, from Canada to Falkland Islands. We have offices and factories in Spain and several countries in Africa such as Mauritania, Senegal, Namibia and South Africa. Our main concern at the beginning of Covid-19 crisis was to secure PPE´s for our crew and staff worldwide. We realized that timing and legislation in each country was different and that caused us many troubles. Secondly, we had to deal with borders closing in Europe and Africa with our seamen in transit. Thirdly, it was crucial to avoid contagion among our crews working in factories. Fortunately, we have been considered a special-interest industry and the authorities granted us special permission to work and travel in very limited conditions. Thankfully, we did not have any personal loss. With regards to the family, our main concern was to protect the health of our 95-year-old founder, patriarch and my grand-father. He comes to the office every day and it was difficult to make him understand that he should not come until the pandemic would decline. We did increase our informal communications and try to keep our founder up to date. How did these changes translate into initiatives (or strategies)? With regards to communication, we enhanced both internal and external communications. Internally, we created departmental chats using digital platforms. We also asked the seamen and the crew on the ground to participate in a series of videos supporting the Spanish, Senegalese and Namibian society, reassuring them that the food supply was not at risk (during the first two weeks of the lockdown there were shortage of certain items in supermarkets) and cheering them up with positive messages sent by our Captains on board of the fishing boats. As our seamen spend almost 6 months isolated on the fishing boat, they could teach us many life lessons about how to handle the lockdown with peace of mind. And they did it, by writing letters with tips and by sending support video-messages recorded at sea with their mobile phones. We shared these videos on our social media and the public reacted cheerfully and gratefully. This also helped to increase their sense of belonging to the company. Finally, we have strengthen our digital resources with a new software, online sales in the main platforms and online recipes to try and help amateur chefs to cook seafood in an easy and tasty way. Family businesses are known for their values […]

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IFERA 2020 Academic Awards

June 22, 2020

This is not a common year, we all know that. But “not common” should not necessary mean “bad”, at least on things we can control. We could not host our annual conference in Santander, true, but we are a community 365 days a year and there is no excuse for not caring. This is why we decided to try and develop a different kind of experience, something that could reach you as if we were all together at our Annual Gala. We know virtual is no substitute to real human connection, but we hope you could feel how much we wanted to make this moment special for you. Thanks again to all authors, reviewers, presenters and guests who made this event possible and, congratulations to all nominated and winning papers and authors. But, with no further ado… please welcome to the IFERA Family the first virtual Academic Awards! Enjoy the show.   BEST CONFERENCE PAPER AWARD: Nominated Papers: Family wellbeing under business financial constraints. Lucia Naldi, Daniel Pittino, Francesco Chirico, Mattias Nordqvist From Fiber To Sire: Reconciling The Socioemotional Wealth (Sew) And The Family Social Capital (Fsc) Approach. Inés Herrero, Luis Gómez-Mejía Identity Leadership in Family Businesses: A Trickle-Up Model of Non-Family Employees’ Identification. Pauline Boberg, Jana Bovers, Kai Bormanm, Christina Hoon Managing the Effects of Relationship Conflict on the Achievement of Family-Oriented Non-Economic Objectives: The Moderating Role of Family Governance. Chris Graves, Donella Caspersz, and Francesco Barbera Winning paper: Identity Leadership in Family Businesses: A Trickle-Up Model of Non-Family Employees’ Identification. Pauline Boberg, Jana Bovers, Kai Bormanm, Christina Hoon BEST PAPER ON CONFERENCE THEME Nominated papers: Family Portfolio Entrepreneurship and Family Firm Survival: A Rejuvenation Across Generations. Melih Madanoglu, Iñaki Peña-Legazkue, Jesusmari Valdaliso and José L. González-Pernía Lee – -The Effects of Paternalistic Leadership on Non-Family TMT Members’ Turnover Intention: The Mediating Role of Psychological Ownership. Jean Lee and Dongjie Xu The Role of Temporal Orientations and Intergenerational Tensions in Multigenerational Family Firms. Vittoria Magrelli, Emanuela Rondi, Alfredo De Massis, and Josip Kotlar Does Intergenerational Transfer Hinder the Realisation of Innovation Potential? Yong Wang and Ahmad Beltagui Winning paper: Family Portfolio Entrepreneurship and Family Firm Survival: A Rejuvenation Across Generations. Melih Madanoglu, Iñaki Peña-Legazkue, Jesusmari Valdaliso and José L. González-Pernía BEST CONCEPTUAL PAPER Nominated papers: Citizenship Behaviors in Family Enterprises: Understanding its Nature and Dimensionality. Isabel Botero, Neus Feliu Family business stakeholder relationships: understanding the roots of their trust. Marie Deferne, Alexandra Bertschi and Julia De Groote Ruzzene – -Exploring The Potential Of A Causal Mechanistic Approach To Family Business Phenomena: The Case Of Corporate Entrepreneurship. Attilia Ruzzene, Mara Brumana, Tommaso Minola Winning paper: Citizenship Behaviors in Family Enterprises: Understanding its Nature and Dimensionality. Isabel Botero, Neus Feliu BEST PAPER CONTRIBUTION TO PRACTICE Nominated papers: Tough on the Outside, Soft on the Inside. The Perception of Signaling the Family Firm Status in a Consulting Context. Natalie Rauschendorfer, Reinhard Prüegl, Maximilian Lude Stingy Principals or Benevolent Stewards: Reward Practices in Family Trucking Companies. Peter Bamberger, Aleksandra Kuzmenko, Nava Michael-Tsabari, Etti Doveh, John E. Delery & Nina Gupta Addressing the Theory-Practice Divide In Family Business Research: The Case Of Shareholder Agreements. […]

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FB in times of crises: The case of spanish family firms

June 19, 2020

Our 2020 Conference Chairs Maria Concepción López -Fernández, Unai Arzubiaga and José Carlos Casillas, share some insights on the current situation of family businesses in Spain and how they reacted to the recent global crisis. This article is based on data from the Spanish Family Firm Institute (Instituto de Empresa Familiar) and on an interview with its General Manager: Dr Juan Corona. In Spain 90% of private companies are family businesses, who create almost 70% of private employment and contribute about 60% of GDP. Thus, family businesses are regarded as the roots and backbone of the Spanish economy, guaranteeing stability, development and the welfare state. The Coronavirus emergency has with no doubts changed everyone’s lives lately. What has been the impact of the recent emergency on Family Businesses in Spain? In the case of Spain, the declaration of the state of emergency has resulted in a significant reduction in the volume of activity, although it is true that with very important differences between the different sectors, since some of them have not been affected by pandemic control measures, while in others the drop in activity has been literally 100%. At the same time, compliance with sanitary protection measures has forced the remodelling of many of the business facilities, and even modified the operation of their production chains. Despite this, significant efforts have been made to reduce the drop of employment, achieving generally very positive results. How did these changes translate as companies’ initiatives (or strategies)? In this sense, family businesses are taking advantage to modify some of their strategic behaviours for the future, both internally and externally. In this respect, remote working procedures that were already being carried out in the leading companies are being greatly reinforced by the development of technological platforms and by changes in the company’s work culture. On the other hand, sales procedures are also intensifying through e-commerce platforms. What are the challenges in the short term? And in the long term? Indeed, family companies, and especially the larger ones, are using this period of great restrictions on productive capacity in order to redesign the organization and internal operating procedures. At the same time, they are working on the diversification of suppliers and raw materials, both geographically and technologically, in order to be better prepared for possible similar crises in the future. Will there be any side effects for the “Made in Spain” market? The image and prestige of large Spanish family businesses will be greatly reinforced because of the response they are offering to the crisis. The establishment of strict measures to protect the health of its workers, the efforts to preserve the level of employment, as well as its important work in solidarity actions, are undoubtedly generating a very positive assessment by both workers and society. What are the responsibilities of Spanish family businesses as ambassadors of their territory? One of the essential characteristics of family businesses is their embeddedness in the territory, which is why, immediately, our companies began to help the public administration, both at the state and regional level. The fact that they are strongly internationalized companies contributes, in a very […]

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Family Business Resilience in Times of Crisis

June 16, 2020

FAMILY BUSINESS RESILIENCE IN TIMES OF CRISIS: BRIDGING RESEARCH AND PRACTICE Family businesses have been acknowledged for their superior longevity rates demonstrating their resilience over generations, beyond family, business, economic and context-specific crises. This panel will explore the factors, dynamics and impacts of resilience in family businesses from a dual perspective. Our panelists are scholars and practitioners in the family business field with a management and psychology background. They will share their insights based on research and cases then engage in a conversation with the participants by extrapolating their learnings to the current and future crises. Each panelist will propose a recommended reading prior to the session to encourage timely and fruitful exchanges and inspire future research directions. Speakers: Fredda Herz Brown, PhD https://www.relative-solutions.com/partners-1 Prof. Dr. Ivan Lansberg https://www.lgassoc.com/ivan-lansberg-phd Prof. Dr. Tom Rüsen https://www.wifu.de/en/mitarbeiter/prof-dr-tom-a-rusen/ Prof. Dr. Salvo Tomaselli https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Salvatore_Tomaselli Moderated by: Rania Labaki Claudia Binz Astrachan SUGGESTED READINGS: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/10801193_Family_Resilience_A_Framework_for_Clinical_Practice https://hbr.org/2020/05/what-family-businesses-need-to-adapt-to-a-crisis https://hbr.org/2007/09/the-tests-of-a-prince https://www.wifu.de/en/bibliothek/j-d-neuhaus-hoists-and-cranes-engineered-for-extremes-over-seven-generations/ https://www.henokiens.com/userfiles/file/Case_study_Amarelli.pdf

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2 words with the Keynote: Sharon Alvarez

June 17, 2020

Our board member Kimberly Eddleston interviews our IFERA 2021 Keynote Speaker Sharon Alvarez.

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Jay Barney @ IFERA 2019

June 17, 2020

Professor Jay Barney, University of Utah, about Family Business Research

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Sharon Alvarez @ IFERA 2019

June 17, 2020

Sharon Alvarez, Thomas W. Olofson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.

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Jess Chua @ IFERA 2019

June 17, 2020

Jess Chua, Professor Emeritus of Finance and Family Business at the University of Calgary (Canada)

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Josip Kotlar: From Research To Publication

June 16, 2020

Professor Josip Kotlar about the importance of research positioning Part of the 2020 IFERA Research Development Program. Webinar slides here. Webinar password: kotlariferamembers

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