Feeding the fire of entrepreneurship:
Theory and practice for the enterprising family
17-21 June 2019 | Bergamo, Italy
4th February 2019
Deadline for submissions
22th March 2019
Notification of acceptance for conference submissions
31th March 2019
Application for Consortia
6th April 2019
Notification of acceptance for Consortia
3rd May 2019
Registration deadline for paper authors
IFERA 2019 Annual Conference
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
In partnership with:
“Theory development on the enterprising family” by Jay Barney as a pre-conference half day event (17th June)
The Doctoral and Faculty Development Consortia are designed as interactive and educational events for doctoral students and faculty members developing and nurturing a career of scholarship in the family business field (18th June).
JFBS special issue on conference theme
• Academic: full paper, working paper, research dissemination, case studies
• Editorial: “meet the editors” and special issues dedicated sessions
• Special sessions: a fresh look into theory and practice of entrepreneurship in family firms
• Family Business day: practice-oriented sessions open to family business owners and managers, and scholars interested into bridging theory and practice in family business research
Day-by-day program highlights
• 17th June: AMR PDW on “Advancing theory on enterprising families (and beyond)”, with members of AMR Editorial team. The purpose of the workshop is to develop working manuscripts with the aim of later submission for review at AMR
• 18th June: Doctoral and Faculty Consortia, where doctoral students and early career scholars can interact on key methodological aspects, related to both qualitative and quantitative methods, and get socialized in the family business field via close interaction with their peers and experienced participating faculty
• 19th June: Conference opening, special sessions (including dialogues with practitioners; sponsored research sessions; multidisciplinary research sessions), social dinner and Family Business Entrepreneurship Award
• 20th June: Editorial sessions and gala dinner with academic awards
• 21st June: Family Business day (practitioner speakers, session on how to run a family business center and how to learn from family business cases, networking with local entrepreneurs) and conference closing