FAMILY FIRMS: LEADING FOR IMPACT
Family businesses are core players in addressing grand challenges worldwide. These firms are especially well-positioned to integrate social, business, and environmental goals into their operations. Having the connection between a family and a business promotes the concern for financial and non-financial goals (Gómez-Mejía et al., 2007), a long-term view (Lumpkin et al., 2010), and doing good for the world (Feliu & Botero, 2016). Combined, these factors can drive positive change in the communities where family businesses exist (Sasaki et al., 2019). For example, previous research suggests that given the link that exists between a business family and their company’s reputation (Ward, 1988), family firms are more likely to lead by example and behave as “good corporate citizens”, prioritizing the well-being of stakeholders to maintain a good reputation (Binz et al., 2017; Deephouse & Jaskiewicz, 2013). Additionally, the focus on continuity and generational transfer helps family firms create environments that foster a sense of responsibility towards future generations, prompting them to adopt practices with positive impact (Hanson et al., 2019; Martín & Gómez-Mejía, 2016; Rau et al., 2019; Zellweger et al., 2012). Indeed, family firms that promote long-term orientation exhibit a stronger dedication to positive social impact when compared to family firms with low long- term orientation (Memili et al., 2018).
However, having family leadership shape business decisions can also bring difficulties, given the paradoxes that emerge with the combination of family and business (Artz et al., 2010; Schuman et al., 2010). These paradoxes include tradition versus change, family liquidity versus business growth, or founder control versus successor’s autonomy (Ingram et al., 2016; Schuman et al., 2010). These paradoxical attributes of family firms have sparked research to understand better how family firms manage these paradoxes (McAdam et al., 2020) and, more recently, when and how family businesses lead an impact on the world around them (see Claub et al., 2022; Randerson, 2022). With a commitment to preserving their nonfinancial preferences and socioemotional wealth, family firms are well-positioned to engage in social practices Field proactively (Cennamo et al., 2012; Cruz et al., 2014). By embracing purpose-driven strategies and a “holistic conception of value” (Santos, 2012), through their leadership role, they can inspire others, contribute to sustainable development goals, and serve as role models for businesses seeking to make a meaningful difference.
To continue building our understanding of business families and their firms’ impact on the world around us, we propose as a theme for IFERA 2024 “Family Firms: Leading for Impact.” By proposing this theme, we aim to encourage a comprehensive understanding of the role that family firms have as catalysts for social change, to provide new insights into areas that have been relatively under-researched and offer new insights into the important role that business families and their firms have in our current environment, and the challenges they face in executing that role.
We invite scholars to explore the influence of family dynamics on driving social change and to investigate the intricate balance between long-term orientation, which fosters a commitment to sustainability, and potential gaps in environmental practices, starting from, but not limited to, the following questions:
We welcome and encourage cross-disciplinary submissions analyzing different units of analysis (family, firm, individuals, etc.), using diverse theoretical perspectives, conceptual explorations, and new and different methodological approaches (qualitative and quantitative) to explore these topics. We also invite the submission of research projects investigating other topics unrelated to the conference theme, which help advance our understanding of family firms and entrepreneurial families.
We look forward to your submissions!
IFERA 2024 welcomes a varied and wide range of submissions to create a vibrant conference environment among family business scholars. Submission types include:
Artz, K. W., Norman, P. M., Hatfield, D. E., & Cardinal, L. B. 2010. A longitudinal study of the impact of R&D, patents, and product innovation on firm performance. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 27(5): 725–740.
Binz, C. A., Ferguson, K. E., Pieper, T. M., & Astrachan, J. H. (2017). Family business goals, corporate citizenship behaviour and firm performance: Disentangling the connections. International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 16(1-2): 34-56.
Cennamo, C., Berrone, P., Cruz, C., & Gomez-Mejia, L. R. 2012. Socioemotional wealth and proactive stakeholder engagement: Why family-controlled firms care more about their stakeholders. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 36(6): 1153–1173.
Clauß, T., Kraus, S., & Jones, P. (2022). Sustainability in family business: Mechanisms, technologies and business models for achieving economic prosperity, environmental quality and social equity. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 176: 121450.
Cruz, C., Larraza-Kintana, M., Garcés-Galdeano, L., & Berrone, P. 2014. Are family firms really more socially responsible? Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 38(6): 1295–1316.
Deephouse, D. L., & Jaskiewicz, P. 2013. Do family firms have better reputations than non- family firms? An integration of socioemotional wealth and social identity theories. Journal of Management Studies, 50(3): 337–360.
Feliu, N., & Botero, I. C. (2016). Philanthropy in family enterprises: A review of literature.
Family Business Review, 29(1): 121-141.
Hanson, S. K., Hessel, H. M., & Danes, S. M. (2019). Relational processes in family entrepreneurial culture and resilience across generations. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 10(3): 100263.
Ingram, A. E., Lewis, M. W., Barton, S., & Gartner, W. B. (2016) Paradoxes and innovation in family firms: The role of paradoxical thinking. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 40(1): 161–176.
Lumpkin, G. T., Brigham, K. H., & Moss, T. W. (2010). Long-term orientation: Implications for the entrepreneurial orientation and performance of family businesses.
Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 22(3-4): 241-264.
Martín, G., & Gomez-Mejia, L. (2016). The relationship between socioemotional and financial wealth: Re-visiting family firm decision making. Management Research: Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, 14(3): 215-233.
McAdam, M., Clinton, E., & Dibrell, C. (2020). Navigation of the paradoxical landscape of the family business. International Small Business Journal, 38(3), 139-153.
Memili, E., Fang, H. C., Koç, B., Yildirim-Öktem, Ö., & Sonmez, S. 2018. Sustainability practices of family firms: The interplay between family ownership and long-term orientation. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 26(1): 9–28.
Rau, S. B., Schneider-Siebke, V., & Günther, C. (2019). Family firm values explaining family firm heterogeneity. Family Business Review, 32(2): 195-215.
Randerson, K. (2022). Conceptualizing family business social responsibility. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 174: 121225.
Santos, F. M. (2012). A positive theory of social entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Ethics, 111(3): 335-351.
Sasaki, I., Ravasi, D., & Micelotta, E. (2019). Family firms as institutions: Cultural reproduction and status maintenance among multi-centenary shinise in Kyoto. Organization Studies, 40(6): 793-831.
Schuman, A., Stutz, S., & Ward, J. L. (2010). Family business as paradox (pp. 22-29). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Ward, J. L. (1988). The special role of strategic planning for family businesses. Family Business Review, 1(2): 105-117.
Zellweger, T. M., Nason, R. S., & Nordqvist, M. 2012. From longevity of firms to transgenerational entrepreneurship of families: Introducing family entrepreneurial orientation. Family Business Review, 25(2): 136–155.
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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.
IFERA 2024 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 of 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).
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The doctoral consortium (DC) is open to any scholar interested in an introduction to family business research, especially doctoral students at mid-advanced stage of their studies and scholars who are new to family business research.
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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.
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Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E. B. (1979). The elements of style. (4th ed.). New York: Longman, (Chapter 4).
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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.
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