Family Business Day - 21st June - 14.30

The Family Business Day is a one day event part of the IFERA 2019 Conference. This event is tailored for non-academics willing to engage with the family business research field and academics willing to engage with practitioners, through dedicated workshops aimed to facilitate knowledge transfer between research and practice.
Two tracks will be offered: Track 1 (in English) will describe opportunities and trends for innovation and opportunities at the crossroad of business schools, universities, and innovation ecosystems; Track 2 (in Italian) will offer an educational module for entrepreneurs to help them understanding the advantages and unique challenges of being a famili firm, confronted with the rapid technological changes and related innovation opportunities. The two tracks will end together with a closing plenary in which the two groups will report on their learning and share ideas and comments.

Location: Kilometro Rosso Science Park (Bergamo) - Transports provided

Track 1 Description:
Track 1 (in English) will describe opportunities and trends for innovation and opportunities at the crossroad of business schools, universities, and innovation ecosystems. It will first describe the quantitative and qualitative growth of family business field at Universities in research, education and outreach, by taking advantage of a systematic enquiry on Italian universities. Next, Vincenzo Russi, President and CEO at e-Novia, Italy will present the successful model of a corporate innovation and technology transfer vehicle, funded by several private corporations, including many family firms. Finally, the track will end with an overview of family business engagement and related strategies pursued by The Dutch Centre of Expertise in Family Business, and presented by Anita van Gils.

Track 2 Description:
Track 2 (in Italian) will offer an educational module for entrepreneurs to help them understanding the advantages and unique challenges of being a family firm, confronted with the rapid technological changes and related innovation opportunities. This track, useful for both incumbent and juniors in family firms will help entrepreneurs recognize the distinctive traits of being a family firm, the challenges and improvement areas; then it will present a sort of "journey into the future" of technology and innovation and highlight a pattern of strategic commitment under which such distinctive traits are not enemies, but rather allies, to embracing the future.

All participants are also welcome to attend the "Keynote Round Table" on the 19th June at 16.30 

Location: Aula Magna, S.Agostino

The "keynote Round Table"  will offer the opportunity of an international and diverse perspective on multigenerational enterprising families. What are the triggers that encourage and the barriers that hinder entrepreneurship within the tradition and legacies of an enterprising family? How can managerial, cultural and organization challenges be faced? What are new approaches and trends among the practices that family firms around the world are using to spur and promote new entrepreneurial initiatives?