Dear IFERA Members and Friends,

Join us at the University of Cantabria from 24th-26th June for the 2020 IFERA Annual Conference!

The Family Business Centers of Cantabria, Basque Country and Seville, on behalf of the Spanish network of Family Business Centers, and the IFERA Board look forward to welcoming scholars of all disciplines as well as family enterprises to engage in a fruitful conversation on family business research and practice.

Our conference theme “Generation to generation: Bridging past and future in family business” aims to expand knowledge about the antecedents, processes and consequences of generational renewal in family businesses and to bridge gaps or apparent contradictions in family business research. In line with the conference theme, we will have three outstanding academic keynote speakers: Sharon V. Álvarez (University of Pittsburgh), Franz W. Kellermanns (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), and Kimberly Wade-Benzoni (Duke University). Eminent representatives of the Spanish family business landscape and of the European family business representatives will also be present.

The Program will be enriched by some exciting pre-conference activities:
On June 24th the Research Development Day chaired by Emanuela Rondi is designed as a comprehensive event to provide all IFERA members with concrete opportunities to develop, enhance and enrich their research capabilities in the family business field, responding effectively to the diversity of needs expressed by members at
different stages of career and professional development.

Authors of full research papers, works-in-progress, teaching cases and PhD proposals will be distinguished with special awards and will be invited to submit their manuscripts to special issues of specific journals and collections.
Networking among scholars and practitioners will be facilitated by uniquely designed social events in Santander, a city where the grand belle-époque buildings live together where modern architectural examples, and where seaside promenades leads to sensational beaches in one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
As we prepare for IFERA 2020, we hope that you will help the family business community to face one of the main challenges that family businesses face: generational transfer and renewal.

See you in Santander!

Program Co-Chairs:

Research Development Day Chair: Emanuela Rondi

Research and publications Director: Josip Kotlar

Event Coordinator: Valentina Re