Submission types

IFERA 2019 welcomes a varied and wide range of submissions to create a vibrant conference environment among family business scholars.

Four scholarly submissions will be accepted (All submissions require a 200 word abstract).

Originality: IFERA conference will include only original, unpublished work for three submission types: FP, WIP and CS. If your submission (FP, WIP or CS) is identical or substantially similar to work that was already published, please submit it under the submission category of RD.

Full Paper (FP)

Full Paper (FP) is a submission of a finished product - an original completed research manuscript that is ready for peer review. FP submissions will be assessed according to a double blind process with at least two reviewers. Only FPs are eligible for Best Conference Paper Awards and if your submission is under consideration for such, you will be required to declare its originality.

Length: Maximum 35 pages including references, tables and figures.

Work in Progress (WIP)

Work in Progress (WIP) is a submission of a well developed original idea that is not yet completed. WIP submissions include at a minimum the research question, preliminary literature review, conceptual/theoretical framework, methodology (if relevant) and its contribution to theory and practice.

WIP submissions will be evaluated for their potential and promise according to a double blind process with two reviewers.

Length: Maximum of 7 pages (5 pages for the body which can include charts, graphs, diagrams, etc. and up to 2 pages of references).

Research Dissemination (RD)

Research Dissemination (RD) is a submission of a manuscript that has already been submitted, under review, accepted or presented at a different forum such as a conference or a workshop or a manuscript that has already been published by the authors but needs to be disseminated to the IFERAThe purpose of RD submissions is to provide access to IFERA attendees to research that may not have received a wide audience and yet holds promise for the development of the field. RD submissions will be assessed by the Conference Team.

  • If the paper is not available online: please provide a maximum limit of 10 pages or 5000 words all inclusive.

  • If the paper has been published in a Journal, please provide the abstract and the location of the contribution (Reference + DOI)

Case study (CS)

Case Study (CS) is a submission of a detailed teaching case, developed by the researcher in  the past academic year, that exposes students to real-world family business problems and scenarios. Case studies can be based on direct field research or publically available sources, but not fictional or anonymized companies or business scenarios.

Case studies should be approximately 1,500-5,000 words in length and can be written for the undergraduate and/or graduate level. The text of a case study should cover the following points: (1) provide an engaging introduction that highlights the decision point/focus of the case, (2) a detailed description of the family business and its context, (3) a range of thought-provoking questions that will help initiate class discussion, and (4) a clear indication of the intended learning outcomes.

Case studies should also include a “teaching note” that should be approximately 1,000-2,000 words in length. The teaching note provides information on the intended audience for the case and suggest pedagogical approaches, potential answers to or “solutions” for the discussion questions, and potentially “new” information to inform the class discussion.

The case study and teaching note should be submitted as a single document.