Submission types

IFERA 2020 welcomes a varied and wide range of submissions to create a vibrant conference environment among family business scholars. The program will be organized in two main parts: the Academic Program and the Research Development Program. These include the following submission types:

• Full Papers (FP)
• Work in Progress (WiP)
• Teaching Case Studies & Teaching Exercises (CS)
• Paper Development Workshop (PDW)
• Doctoral Consortium (DC)

The Program Committee reserves the right to change the original submission type at its discretion, based on reviewers’ feedback and conference program constraints. In such a case, the Program Committee will contact the authors and offer the alternative presentation format.

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. FPs are eligible for Best Conference Paper Awards.
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. WIP are eligible for Track-specific awards (please check the Awards section on for an updated list of awards and award criteria).
Length: Maximum of 7 pages (5 pages for the body which can include charts, graphs, diagrams, etc. and up to 2 pages of references).

Teaching Case Studies (CS) and Experiential Exercises (EE)

Case Study (CS) is a submission of a detailed teaching case, developed by the researcher in the past two academic years, that exposes students to real-world family business problems and scenarios. Case studies can be based on direct field research or publicly available sources. Case Studies can be anonymized, if needed. However, fictional companies or fictional business scenarios will not be not considered for this track.
Case studies should be approximately 2,000-7,000 words in length and can be written for the undergraduate and/or graduate level and/or executive education 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,
Case studies should include a “teaching note” that should be approximately 1,500-5,000 words in length. The teaching note provides information on the intended audience for the case, suggest pedagogical approaches, a clear indication of the intended learning outcomes, potential answers to or “solutions” for the discussion questions, and potentially “new” information to stimulate the class discussion.
The case study and teaching note should be submitted as a single document.

Experiential Exercises (EE) is a submission of a script of an experiential classroom exercise, such as a game, a role-play, a negotiation, or other classroom activity that illustrates, deepens or/and explains the specific characteristics and dynamics of family businesses through the hands-on experience of the students. Experiential exercises are pedagogical exercises, which shall be easily implementable by professionals in the field of family business education at the undergraduate and/or graduate level and/or executive education level.
Submission of the Experiential Exercises should be approximately 1,500-2,500 words in length (excluding figures, tables, or appendices) and should include:

  - Introduction: setting the scene (a type of exercise? for whom is the exercise designed? learning objective? Group size? Time required?) and anchoring in the relevant background literature

- Exercise: detailed description of the exercise, including steps needed to complete the exercise, instructor guidelines, and discussion questions as well as all necessary requirements (materials, equipment, physical setting, etc.)

- Materials: all materials that must be distributed as class handouts such as scripts, texts, charts, photographs graphics, etc. Or used during the exercises such as audio-visual materials.

Doctoral Consortium (DC)

The doctoral consortium (DC) is open to any scholar interested in an introduction to family business research, especially doctoral students at early stages of their studies and scholars who are new to family business research. It provides an opportunity to familiarize with the field, share the latest state of their research, learn from and get socialized via close interaction with their peers and experienced participating faculty.
Participants will have the opportunity to addend introductory sessions by renowned scholars and will benefit from feedback on their research thanks to the guidance of skilled facilitators who are experienced researchers in the field.
All submissions to the Doctoral Consortium will be subject to a double-blind review process by experienced supervisors of doctoral students in the family business field, and the best submissions will be shortlisted for the Doctoral Proposal Award. The shortlisted proposals will be blindly ranked by a jury panel of 3 eminent scholars in the field to decree the Best Doctoral Proposal.
Submissions for the Doctoral Consortium should include:

1. The Research Proposal (minimum 750 - maximum 1000 words) exploring either one specific study or the whole dissertation, including goals of the research, theoretical background, methodology, findings and expected contributions.

2. Your CV, reflecting your current interest and capabilities in family business research (please include your university affiliation)

3. ONLY FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS: Letter of recommendation from your dissertation supervisor (if already determined) or a faculty member who knows you and your research interests.

Paper Development Workshop (PDW)

The Paper Development Workshop (PDW) is a unique opportunity to engage in an in-depth discussion with the Editors of highly ranked journals, and to receive detailed feedback about your manuscript aimed at advancing your work toward journal submission.
Submission for the PDW are finished products - original completed research manuscripts that are almost ready for journal submission. The PDW is open to all types of manuscript (e.g., conceptual, empirical) and to any family business topic.
In the submission process, authors can select their preferences from a list of Journal Editors. PDW submissions will be assessed according to a double-blind process with at least two reviewers, and will be finally selected and allocated to Editors by the Program Committee. Submissions selected for inclusion in the workshop will be those judged to make potentially significant and novel theoretical contributions to family business and management research, and have the highest potential for publication in highly-ranked journals. Submission that are not selected for the PDW may be invited to present the work during the Conference as a Full Paper (FP) or a Work in Progress (WIP).
Submissions for the Paper Development Workshop should include:

1. A cover letter (max 2 pages) including the following information:
a. Title of the paper and authors
b. A short description of the stage of development of the paper, whether it has been previously presented to conferences and/or submitted to journals, and the authors’ plans as to the further development and submission of the paper.
c. Up to three bullet points summarizing the key theoretical contributions of the research
d. Up to three bullet points indicating open questions that the authors would like to discuss with the selected Editor(s)

2. The manuscript: Maximum 35 pages including references, tables and figures.