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 Paper

Work In Progress

Teaching Case Studies

Doctoral Consortium

Paper Development Workshop

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.

Description on each type:


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. They will be evaluated for their potential and promise according to a double-blind process with two reviewers. WIP are eligible for Track-specific awards (check herefor 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.

  • 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,
  • 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.
Check the dedicated page for complete information.


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.
Check the dedicated page for complete information.