Program Chair: María Concepción López-Fernández, University of Cantabria
Program Co-chairs: Unai Arzubiaga, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and José C. Casillas, University of Seville
Family Business: A Model for the New World?
Questions concerning the role of family businesses in economy and society have always been central in family business research (e.g., Astrachan & Shanker, 2003; Bertrand & Schoar, 2006; Carney, Duran, Van Essen, & Shapiro, 2017; Chang, Chrisman, Chua, & Kellermanns, 2008; Dyer & Whetten, 2006; Memili, Fang, Chrisman, & De Massis, 2015). The global crisis we are experiencing today calls for renewed scholarly attention to those questions (Amore, Pelucco, & Quarato, 2020; De Massis & Rondi, 2020; Kraus et al., 2020). It offers a new opportunity to reaffirm the critical role that family business play in shaping the fate of territories and countries in which they are embedded, and to demonstrate how rigorous and useful knowledge can help family firms survive and thrive, generating positive impacts that benefit society at large (Pieper, 2020).
In this “new world”, a critical reflection on how family firms are, can, and will be active agents of change is both necessary and interesting. It is necessary because family firms have historically played a leading role in the global business landscape, in terms of contribution to GDP growth and employment, which makes them a critical element for any sustainable economy and society. Moreover, family firms embody unique characteristics and behavioral tendencies, such as long-standing values, socio-emotional goals, generational altruism and long-term orientation, among others, which can be valuable components of a healthy and sustainable economy, as well as of an inclusive and caring society.
To explore these important and broad issues, the IFERA 2021 conference theme “Family business: A model for the new world?” particularly encourages rigorous and relevant submissions that advance our understanding of family firms and their role in world economies and societies. Possible research questions that align with the conference theme include, but are not limited to, the following examples:
In addition to the conference theme, IFERA more broadly welcomes submissions on all topics that are relevant to family business theory and practice, that help bridge gaps or apparent contradictions in family business research, and advance our collective understanding of family firms, their behaviors and results. Some pressing questions include, for example:
(1) How to preserve identity and family values at the same time when family firms need to renew themselves, innovate and regenerate their capabilities;
(2) How to preserve attachment to local communities while adopting a global mindset and reaching an international scope;
(3) How to reconcile short-term competitiveness and long-term survival.
With this conference we also aim at bridging gaps between (a) theoretical orientations and practical implications; (b) different theoretical perspectives and disciplines; (c) different and new methodological approaches; (d) different units of analysis (as the individuals, the family, the firm, etc.), among others.
Finally, papers on all aspects of family business research, including but not limited to succession, leadership, governance, entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, marketing, organizational behavior, sociology, family psychology, history, economics, finance and accounting, as well as topics that lie at the intersection of these and other interrelated disciplines are welcome.
Key Dates and Deadlines:
IFERA 2021 welcomes a varied and wide range of submissions to create a vibrant conference environment among family business scholars. Submission types include:
Amore, M. D., Pelucco, V., & Quarato, F. 2020. Family Ownership During the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Astrachan, J. H., & Shanker, M. C. 2003. Family businesses’ contribution to the US economy: A closer look. Family Business Review, 16(3): 211-219.
Bertrand, M., & Schoar, A. 2006. The role of family in family firms. The Journal of Economic Perspectives, 20(2): 73-96.
Carney, M., Duran, P., Van Essen, M., & Shapiro, D. 2017. Family firms, internationalization, and national competitiveness: Does family firm prevalence matter? Journal of Family Business Strategy, 8(3): 123-136.
Chang, E. P., Chrisman, J. J., Chua, J. H., & Kellermanns, F. W. 2008. Regional economy as a determinant of the prevalence of family firms in the United States: A preliminary report. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 32(3): 559-573.
De Massis, A., & Rondi, E. 2020. COVID‐19 and the future of family business research. Journal of Management Studies, in press.
Dyer, W. G., & Whetten, D. A. 2006. Family firms and social responsibility: Preliminary evidence from the S&P 500. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 30(6): 785-802.
Kraus, S., Clauss, T., Breier, M., Gast, J., Zardini, A., & Tiberius, V. 2020. The economics of COVID-19: initial empirical evidence on how family firms in five European countries cope with the corona crisis. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research.
Memili, E., Fang, H., Chrisman, J. J., & De Massis, A. 2015. The impact of small-and medium-sized family firms on economic growth. Small Business Economics, 45(4): 771-785.
Pieper, T. M. 2020. Editor’s note:“family business scholars, lead the charge!”. Journal of Family Business Strategy.
Go to the submission website at : https://ifera2021.exordo.com/
Once you have accessed the website click on “New Submission” from the Submissions section.
The conference is organized around multiple tracks. Please read carefully the general and track-specific guidelines, and make sure you are making the correct choice for your submission. Once you make your selection you will be guided by the system to input all the relevant information for your selected track.
Email all inquiries about online process to the Program Committee at email@example.com
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:
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) 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) 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.
Length: Maximum of 7 pages (5 pages for the body which can include charts, graphs, diagrams, etc. and up to 2 pages of references).
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.
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:
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.
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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.
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The following guidelines apply to all submission types:
The title page should not contain author information. Just include the title of the manuscript and abstract in the first page.
Limit: 150 words
A concise abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, references should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.
Please follow APA style for references both in-text and in the reference section located at the end of the paper. References within the text of your manuscript: Use the author-date method of citation. For instance, “As noted by Smith (1776).”
Reference to a journal publication:Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J. A. J., & Lupton, R. A. (2010). The art of writing a scientific article. Journal of Scientific Communications, 163, 51–59.
Reference to a book:
Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E. B. (1979). The elements of style. (4th ed.). New York: Longman, (Chapter 4).
Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
Mettam, G. R., & Adams, L. B. (2009). How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In B. S. Jones, & R. Z. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the electronic age (pp. 281–304). New York: E-Publishing Inc.
Please follow a consistent format and for more details regarding the APA style please visit: http://linguistics.byu.edu/faculty/henrichsenl/apa/apa01.html