RDW 2013 Springfield, Illinois

February 2, 2018

2013 IFERA Global Conference at Springfield, Illinois Expanding Family Constructs: Representing and Measuring Family in Family Business Research Co-Chairs Ranjan Karri, University of Illinois Springfield Torsten Pieper, Kennesaw State University Ramona Zachary, Baruch College, City University of New York Keynote Speaker: Prof. Tim Liao, UIUC Location Springfield, Illinois October 10, 11 and 12, 2013 Submissions now closed Topical Focus Family business research is firmly based on the reality that businesses and families are inextricably interconnected.  This implies that family businesses are best viewed, studied, and understood from the perspective of how they interrelate with (i.e. create, sustain, and explain) one another over time.  The family firm is deeply rooted in its owning family and its family dynamics and life course as well as its business dimension and activities which are often the manifestations of the underlying family.  Family business research could thus immensely benefit from a serious and expansive use of family constructs in family business models.  Due to the historical trajectory of development of the family business field, some family business researchers may be trained in disciplines that are relatively unfamiliar with the rich variety of family constructs/variables that can represent and measure the family dimension.  Business scholars have made more extensive use of the cadre of constructs predominantly derived from the business field, such as management, strategy, and performance.  The impact of family on these business dimensions and outcomes is modeled in rather superficial terms, and does not take into account the extant variety and depth of family constructs.  Nonetheless, family firms span both the family and the business systems.  We, as family business scholars, can embrace other disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, and others who study families in detail.  These varied perspectives can offer great insights toward a greater understanding of how and when to represent family constructs in our conceptual and empirical models and analyses.  For example, the understanding of family firm performance could benefit greatly if it is modeled to include both business and family outcome measures, simultaneously.     The Inaugural IFERA Research Development Workshop (RDW) will expose attendees to the latest research involving family constructs and measures in current research in family business as well as disciplines that study families in particular. The goal/focus is to assist researchers in challenging and reconsidering their extant models by expanding their knowledge of family constructs and measures.  This Inaugural RDW will draw on two disciplines – sociology and psychology – with established research on families and with rather standard and well-accepted measures for a variety of family constructs.  The focus would be on the basic concepts and constructs that researchers from these disciplines use in the study of families such as roles, structures, family types, communication types, as examples.  We will encourage interactions with and among the audience of family business scholars that can lead to fresh insights on how to enhance family business research, especially by a more definitive and comprehensive representation of the family dimension in relation to the business.  This exercise will build modestly toward a more robust modeling and theory development for our future research.  This RDW program will aim to […]

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RDW 2014 WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

February 3, 2018

2014 IFERA Global Conference at Vienna, Austria Involvement, Essence and Identity: Developing Core Constructs in Family Business Research Chair Hermann Frank, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business  Location WU Vienna University of Economics and BusinessWelthandelsplatz 1, A-1020 Vienna, Austria IFERA Research Development Workshops (RDWs) are intended to provide an umbrella for gathering of scholars on a specific topic. RDWs are intended to complement IFERA’s Annual Conferences. Topical Focus The family in relation to a business is undeniably a vital dimension of a family business setting in comparison to other businesses. This relation is challenging to explore, especially if it is not clear – and in fact to date it is not – how the family system relates to the business system and how this relationship can be captured best from definitional and conceptual perspectives. Whereas the involvement of a family in the business can be defined, in part, by examining ownership distribution or the number of family members active in the business, the actual influence of the family is much more puzzling to observe and measure, especially from a single disciplinary perspective. For example, an analysis of how and why a certain influence is executed and then subsequently related to specific outcomes and changes over time holds promise towards building a family business theory. Thus, this essence approach in focusing on the family system and its influence on the business highlights family aspirations and the actual involvement of the family at the center of the analysis and potentially begins to capture the nature of family business behavior. The recognition of organizational identity as a complementary extension to the involvement and essence approaches furthermore enables the family’s perception of the business to be captured. Accordingly, an organizational identity as a family business is posited to have a positive effect on internal and external stakeholders and contributes to a competitive advantage. With this topic for the RDW, we target the in-depth discussion of original research papers focusing on different conceptual and empirical approaches to assessing the involvement of the family in the business, the essence of family influence and the identity of family businesses from various theoretical perspectives. Furthermore, we welcome multi-disciplinary approaches to further develop the research field. This RDW focuses not only on the development of family influence-related concepts and constructs but also wants to give researchers the possibility to exchange new ideas and build academic alliances. RDW Format We target a number of 6-8 research papers, in which the Workshop topics are explicitly and clearly addressed. We warmly welcome co-authors as participants of this RDW too! Further, we welcome requests from attendees in general, subject to the discretion of the Workshop Chair. The maximum number of Workshop participants is 30. Selected submissions will be presented by their authors as original studies or elaborated works in progress to the Workshop group. After each presentation, two discussants, who have read the paper in advance, will give feedback. Finally, the respective papers are discussed in plenum by all workshop attendees. This Workshop will allow for the in-depth discussion of the work of participants and promisingly leads to synergies with colleagues working in a closely related field of research. Additionally, we […]

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RDW 2016 University of Catania, Italy

February 4, 2018

2016 IFERA Global Conference at University of Catania, Italy Family, Firms and Institutional Context: Analyzing the role of the context in the development of the family unit for Family Business Research Chairs: Giorgia M. D’Allura Rosario Faraci Department of Business and Economics, University of Catania, Italy  Bios of RDW Chairs: Giorgia M. D’Allura is Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Management at the University of Catania (Italy) where she also got her PhD. She was Visiting Scholar at the Warrigton College of Business Administration- University of Florida (USA). Her research interests are in the areas of top management team and innovation in family business, institutions and entrepreneurship, business ethics, firm competitiveness, service management and customer relationship. Her most recent papers and book chapters reflect some of these research interest. Rosario Faraci is Professor of Business Economics and Management at the University of Catania (Italy) where he serves also as President of the Undergraduate Programme in Business Administration and Delegate of the Rector for the Technology Transfer. He was Visiting Professor of Strategic Management and Organizational Behavior at the University of Florida (USA). Professor Faraci is Friend of the Strategic Management Society and he has co-organized the XXX Annual Convention in Rome (2010). His research interests are in the areas of family business, entrepreneurship, corporate governance, firm competitiveness and business modeling. Professor Faraci is Co-Editor of the Journal of Management and Governance. He is President of the Center for Study in Family Business, located in Catania. Workshop Facilitators Andrea Colli – Bocconi University Amir Erez – University of Florida Facilitator bios: Andrea Colli, PhD in Economic and Social History (Bocconi University, Milan) and Professor of Economic History at the Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management, Bocconi University, Milan. His research interests range from the history of Italian business enterprises, to small and medium-sized enterprises, to the role played by foreign direct investments in the course of the Italian industrialization process. He has published several articles in the main business history journals. He is associate review editor of Family Business Review since October 2012. His most recent books reflect some of these research interest. With Michelangelo Vasta he has edited and published, in 2010, Forms of Enterprises in 20th Century Italy. Boundaries, Structures and Strategies, Elgar. With Abe de Jong and Martin Iversen, Mapping the European Corporations: Strategies, Structures, Ownership and Performance, Routledge 2011 and with Franco Amatori has written Business History: Complexities and Comparisons, Routledge 2011. Dr. Amir Erez is the Huber Hurst Professor of Management at the Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida. Dr. Erez earned his Ph.D. and M. S. at the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University.  His research focuses on how positive moods and positive personality, influence individuals thought processes, motivation, and work behaviors. Dr. Erez also investigates how negative work behaviors such as rudeness and disrespect affect individuals’ performance and cognition.   He has published his research in scholarly journals including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Personality and Individual Differences, Human Performance, and Journal of Organizational Behavior.  He served […]

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RDW 2017 Free University of Bolzano, Italy

February 5, 2018

2017 IFERA Global Conference at Free University of Bolzano, Italy Balancing Tradition and Change: Theorizing on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Family firm Chairs: Nadine Kammerlander  ifb@WHU, WHU—Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany Kurt Matzler  Free University of Bolzano, Italy Alfredo De Massis  Free University of Bolzano, Italy and Lancaster University, UK Reinhard Prügl  FIF, Zeppelin University, Germany Facilitator bios: Dries Faems is full professor of innovation and organization at the University of Groningen. He serves as Editor of JMS and on the Editorial Board of AMJ. His research expertise is in innovation, alliances, and IP rights. His research has been published amongst others in AMJ, JMS, ResPol, Organization Studies, and JPIM. More information: http://www.rug.nl/staff/d.l.m.faems/ Franz Kellermanns is chaired professor at UNC Charlotte and holds a position at the ifb@WHU, WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. He serves as Editor of ETP and was former associate editor of FBR. His research has been published amongst others in Organization Science, JOM, JMS, JBV, and ETP. One of his research expertise is entrepreneurship in family firms. More information: http://belkcollege.uncc.edu/directory/franz-w-kellermanns Call for papers  IFERA Research Development Workshops (RDWs) are intended to provide an umbrella for gathering of scholars on a specific topic. RDWs are intended to complement IFERA’s Annual Conferences.  TOPICAL FOCUS Family firm innovation and entrepreneurial behavior over generations has attracted increasing scholarly attention over the last years, reflected in a growing number of journal articles and conference papers as well as special issues dedicated to this topic. Constant renewal of the firm, and thus (corporate) entrepreneurship and innovation, is crucial for long term success of any firm in any industry. While innovation and management literature has revealed a large number of important enablers of and barriers to innovation, many of those findings are not directly transferrable to family businesses. Indeed, prior research has shown that family firms consistently underinvest into R&D and that they experience particular challenges when, for instance, faced with discontinuous innovations. At the same time, researchers have shown that some family firms are extraordinary innovators and highly entrepreneurial actors, with important competitive advantages. Researchers have thus far applied a variety of theories such as behavioral agency model, attention based view, agency theory, and resource based view in order to explain variance in innovation and (corporate) entrepreneurship among family firms as well as differences between family and non-family firms. However, despite those advances, family firm innovation and entrepreneurship research is still in its infancy given that many aspects declared as important by innovation, entrepreneurship and management scholars have not been included into family firm research yet. Research questions like the following (and related ones) still need attention: – How do family dynamics influence innovation and entrepreneurial behavior of family firms? – How can family firms foster an efficient innovation/entrepreneurial process? – How do family firms deal with different types of innovation (product/service, process, business model, and management innovation)? – How does the stage of the family and/or firm life cycle affect innovation and entrepreneurship in family firms? – How can we “teach” innovation and (corporate) entrepreneurship to family firms? – What can non-family firms learn from the idiosyncratic behavior of family firms regarding […]

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RDW 2017 Taiwan

February 7, 2018

2017 IFERA Global Conference in Taiwan The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), the National Sun Yat-Sen University (NSYSU), and the Taiwan Institute of Directors (TWIoD) cordially invite you to attend the 2017 IFERA Global Conference in Taiwan from November 14th to 17th, 2017. The purpose of the IFERA Global Conference in Taiwan is to advance the family business scholarship by encouraging (1) theory-driven studies to enhance the theoretical foundation of family business research (2) dialogues between family business scholars and researchers who are new to the study of family businesses (3) academic and practitioner participants to raise bold and interesting questions (4) research incorporating the social, cultural, economic, and institutional uniqueness of Asia-Pacific nations. (5) studies of family business pedagogies and teaching cases. The 2017 IFERA Global Conference in Taiwan is an intellectual forum for academic researchers and family business owners. This conference aims to bring together practitioners, scholars, and family business members to explore new ideas and to inform the developments of best practices. The theme of 2017 IFERA Global Conference in Taiwan is “Entrepreneurial Family Business: Its Strategy, Transition, and Management in Global Economy”we encourage scholars, educators, family business owners, and practitioners from diverse disciplinary traditions, theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, and professional background to participate. Program Professional Development Workshop (Kaohsiung)November 14th, 2017 (Tuesday) Main Conference (Kaohsiung)November 15th, 2017 (Wednesday) Main Conference (Kaohsiung)November 16th, 2017 (Thursday) Family Business Day (Taipei)November 17th, 2017 (Friday) Organizers Taiwan Institute of Directors (TWIoD) and College of Management, National Sun Yat-Sen University hereby host IFERA Global Conference in 2017 and offer Taipei, capital city of Taiwan, and Kaohsiung, its second largest city, as the sites where we welcome people from Asia and around the world to come and celebrate family business research in all its forms, shapes, and sizes. We at Taiwan Institute of Directors, a committed membership of over 250 business leaders and academic scholars, feel that hosting the IFERA Global Conference is the opportunity of a lifetime.This conference will allow us to reach out to the world and connect. Journal In order for international conferences to be effective and have impact in academic and practical aspects, they have to work in conjunction with relevant journals and publications. The conference organizing committee has already discussed with several renowned journals and publications ways in which research works that arise from this conference can be published. For academic publications, we have established agreement with Journal of Family Business Strategy, Quarterly Journal of Management, Sun Yat-Sen Management Review, and Journal of Management (Taiwan). For practical contributions, we will cooperate with The Bod Review and Family Governance Review, both affiliated with Taiwan Institute of Directors. This conference will provide several publication opportunities for full-length papers, including Journal of Family Business Strategy (SSCI listed Journal), Quarterly Journal of Management(CSSCI listed Journal), Sun Yat-Sen Management Review (TSSCI listed Journal), and Journal of Management(TSSCI listed Journal).The conference organizing committee will continue to work hard to serve participants in the best way possible. Entrepreneurial Family Business: Strategy, Transition, and Management in a Global Economy The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU), and Taiwan Institute of Directors (TWIoD) cordially invite you to attend the 2017 IFERA Global […]

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