RDW 2017 Free University of Bolzano, Italy

February 5, 2018

2017 IFERA Global Conference at Free University of Bolzano, Italy Balancing Tradition and Change: Theorizing on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Family firm Chairs: Nadine Kammerlander  ifb@WHU, WHU—Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany Kurt Matzler  Free University of Bolzano, Italy Alfredo De Massis  Free University of Bolzano, Italy and Lancaster University, UK Reinhard Prügl  FIF, Zeppelin University, Germany Facilitator bios: Dries Faems is full professor of innovation and organization at the University of Groningen. He serves as Editor of JMS and on the Editorial Board of AMJ. His research expertise is in innovation, alliances, and IP rights. His research has been published amongst others in AMJ, JMS, ResPol, Organization Studies, and JPIM. More information: http://www.rug.nl/staff/d.l.m.faems/ Franz Kellermanns is chaired professor at UNC Charlotte and holds a position at the ifb@WHU, WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. He serves as Editor of ETP and was former associate editor of FBR. His research has been published amongst others in Organization Science, JOM, JMS, JBV, and ETP. One of his research expertise is entrepreneurship in family firms. More information: http://belkcollege.uncc.edu/directory/franz-w-kellermanns Call for papers  IFERA Research Development Workshops (RDWs) are intended to provide an umbrella for gathering of scholars on a specific topic. RDWs are intended to complement IFERA’s Annual Conferences.  TOPICAL FOCUS Family firm innovation and entrepreneurial behavior over generations has attracted increasing scholarly attention over the last years, reflected in a growing number of journal articles and conference papers as well as special issues dedicated to this topic. Constant renewal of the firm, and thus (corporate) entrepreneurship and innovation, is crucial for long term success of any firm in any industry. While innovation and management literature has revealed a large number of important enablers of and barriers to innovation, many of those findings are not directly transferrable to family businesses. Indeed, prior research has shown that family firms consistently underinvest into R&D and that they experience particular challenges when, for instance, faced with discontinuous innovations. At the same time, researchers have shown that some family firms are extraordinary innovators and highly entrepreneurial actors, with important competitive advantages. Researchers have thus far applied a variety of theories such as behavioral agency model, attention based view, agency theory, and resource based view in order to explain variance in innovation and (corporate) entrepreneurship among family firms as well as differences between family and non-family firms. However, despite those advances, family firm innovation and entrepreneurship research is still in its infancy given that many aspects declared as important by innovation, entrepreneurship and management scholars have not been included into family firm research yet. Research questions like the following (and related ones) still need attention: – How do family dynamics influence innovation and entrepreneurial behavior of family firms? – How can family firms foster an efficient innovation/entrepreneurial process? – How do family firms deal with different types of innovation (product/service, process, business model, and management innovation)? – How does the stage of the family and/or firm life cycle affect innovation and entrepreneurship in family firms? – How can we “teach” innovation and (corporate) entrepreneurship to family firms? – What can non-family firms learn from the idiosyncratic behavior of family firms regarding […]

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RDW 2017 Taiwan

February 7, 2018

2017 IFERA Global Conference in Taiwan The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), the National Sun Yat-Sen University (NSYSU), and the Taiwan Institute of Directors (TWIoD) cordially invite you to attend the 2017 IFERA Global Conference in Taiwan from November 14th to 17th, 2017. The purpose of the IFERA Global Conference in Taiwan is to advance the family business scholarship by encouraging (1) theory-driven studies to enhance the theoretical foundation of family business research (2) dialogues between family business scholars and researchers who are new to the study of family businesses (3) academic and practitioner participants to raise bold and interesting questions (4) research incorporating the social, cultural, economic, and institutional uniqueness of Asia-Pacific nations. (5) studies of family business pedagogies and teaching cases. The 2017 IFERA Global Conference in Taiwan is an intellectual forum for academic researchers and family business owners. This conference aims to bring together practitioners, scholars, and family business members to explore new ideas and to inform the developments of best practices. The theme of 2017 IFERA Global Conference in Taiwan is “Entrepreneurial Family Business: Its Strategy, Transition, and Management in Global Economy”we encourage scholars, educators, family business owners, and practitioners from diverse disciplinary traditions, theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, and professional background to participate. Program Professional Development Workshop (Kaohsiung)November 14th, 2017 (Tuesday) Main Conference (Kaohsiung)November 15th, 2017 (Wednesday) Main Conference (Kaohsiung)November 16th, 2017 (Thursday) Family Business Day (Taipei)November 17th, 2017 (Friday) Organizers Taiwan Institute of Directors (TWIoD) and College of Management, National Sun Yat-Sen University hereby host IFERA Global Conference in 2017 and offer Taipei, capital city of Taiwan, and Kaohsiung, its second largest city, as the sites where we welcome people from Asia and around the world to come and celebrate family business research in all its forms, shapes, and sizes. We at Taiwan Institute of Directors, a committed membership of over 250 business leaders and academic scholars, feel that hosting the IFERA Global Conference is the opportunity of a lifetime.This conference will allow us to reach out to the world and connect. Journal In order for international conferences to be effective and have impact in academic and practical aspects, they have to work in conjunction with relevant journals and publications. The conference organizing committee has already discussed with several renowned journals and publications ways in which research works that arise from this conference can be published. For academic publications, we have established agreement with Journal of Family Business Strategy, Quarterly Journal of Management, Sun Yat-Sen Management Review, and Journal of Management (Taiwan). For practical contributions, we will cooperate with The Bod Review and Family Governance Review, both affiliated with Taiwan Institute of Directors. This conference will provide several publication opportunities for full-length papers, including Journal of Family Business Strategy (SSCI listed Journal), Quarterly Journal of Management(CSSCI listed Journal), Sun Yat-Sen Management Review (TSSCI listed Journal), and Journal of Management(TSSCI listed Journal).The conference organizing committee will continue to work hard to serve participants in the best way possible. Entrepreneurial Family Business: Strategy, Transition, and Management in a Global Economy The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU), and Taiwan Institute of Directors (TWIoD) cordially invite you to attend the 2017 IFERA Global […]

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IFERA 2013 University of St. Gallen

IFERA 2013 St. Gallen

August 30, 2017

IFERA 2013 Conference at University of St. Gallen  In what ways do family, ownership and governance interact to create or destroy value in family firms?  The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) and the University of St.Gallen invite you to participate in the 2013 IFERA Annual Conference (IFERA 2013). This global conference will take place in St.Gallen, Switzerland from July 2nd to 5th, 2013. The purpose of the conference is to advance family business scholarship by serving as a platform for sharing new ideas and insights to contribute to the growing body of knowledge in the broad area of family business. We are an inclusive, multi-disciplinary, and global conference welcoming submissions from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives. Our pre-conference event, the IFERA Consortiums are initiatives aimed at developing research skills of doctoral students and research faculty. Our post -conference event, “IFERA Family Business Day” aims to engage business families and family business scholars in a synergistics conversation to promote an appreciation of research and enhance the relevance of academic research. Dear Colleagues, We are delighted to host IFERA 2013 Annual Conference at the Center for Family Business, University of St.Gallen. The picturesque city of St.Gallen is a UNESCO world heritage site, surrounded by the beautiful Lake Constance and the Alps. We welcome scholars in all disciplnes to engage in the conversation of family business research in charming city of St. Gallen.  The conference theme “Ownership, Governance and Value in Family Firms” is central to several family business scholars, while the topics of ownership and governance are addressed in multiple academic arenas in the business discipline.  We hope to seek new insights into the distinct relationships between ownership forms, governance structures and value creation in family businesses. The conference will be addressed by two outstanding scholars, Professor Ruth Aguilera, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Professor Bob Hoskisson, Rice University, who will share their outlook on the conference theme. Pre-conference activities feature IFERA 2013 Faculty Development and Doctoral Consortiums.  The conference concludes with IFERA Family Business Day, a forum for interaction between business families and family business scholars. “IFERA Family Business Day” aims to engage business families and family business scholars in a synergistics conversation to promote an appreciation of research and enhance the relevance of academic research. Authors of the best papers, PhD and research proposals will be distinguished with special awards and will be invited to submit their papers to special journal issues. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit and learn about the beautiful city of St.Gallen, its UNESCO heritage site, and its beautiful surroundings. We cordially invite you to take part in IFERA 2013 annual conference and look forward to welcoming you in Switzerland! Best wishes, and see you soon! Thomas Zellweger and Wim Voordeckers IFERA 2013 Program Chairs  Thomas Zellweger, University of St.Gallen Wim Voordeckers, Hasselt University Philipp Sieger, University of St.Gallen Nadine Kammerlander, University of St.Gallen Sanjay Goel, University of Minnesota Duluth Ranjan Karri, University of Illinois Springfield Ramona Zachary, City University of New York “Ownership, Governance, and Value in Family Firms” The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) and the University of St.Gallen invite you to participate […]

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IFERA 2011 Palermo

July 25, 2017

IFERA 2013 Conference at Palermo Check back soon for updates!

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IFERA 2012 Bordeaux

July 22, 2017

IFERA 2012 Conference at Bordeaux  Check back soon for updates!

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IFERA 2010 Lancaster

June 22, 2017

IFERA 2010 Conference at Lancaster Check back soon for updates!

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IFERA 2009 Cyprus

May 22, 2017

IFERA 2009 Conference at Cyprus Call for Papers

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Lappeenranta

IFERA 2014 Lappeenranta

September 18, 2017

IFERA 2014 Conference at Lappeenranta, Finland Co-operation Within and Amongst Family Businesses What ideas and principles do business families and family businesses follow in their internal and external relations to secure efficient and effective co-operation? The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) and the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) invite you to participate in the 2014 IFERA Annual Conference (IFERA 2014).  This global conference will take place in the beautiful town of Lappeenranta, located in South-Eastern Finland on the shores of the country’s largest lake, from June 24 –27, 2014.    The purpose of the conference is to advance family business scholarship by (1) serving as a platform for presentation of carefully crafted contributions seeking to find home in top-tier academic journals, (2) advancement of papers that need further development in order to make a meaningful contribution, (3) testing of new ideas and plans that will benefit via advice from other members of the IFERA family and our distinguished quests, and (4) raising of new and relevant questions concerning family business. Finally, with the IFERA tradition of having fun, the conference provides an inspiring and a unique atmosphere for networking, bonding, and exchanging ideas, as well as imaginative and unique social programs, highlighting the local culture, cuisine, and charms. Our pre-conference event, the IFERA Consortiums are initiatives aimed at developing research skills of doctoral students and research faculty. Our post -conference event, “IFERA Family Business Day” aims to engage business families and family business scholars in a synergistic conversation to promote an appreciation of research and enhance the relevance of academic research. It underlines the role of IFERA as a bridge between intellectual framings and praxis of family business. Save the date!  June 24-27, 2014!  We look forward to seeing you here in June 2014 and saying “welcome!”  “tervetuloa!”  Dear Colleagues, We are delighted to host IFERA 2014 Annual Conference at the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT). Lappeenranta is a city of about 72 000 inhabitants in Southeast Finland, on the border of the European Union and Russia. Location on the southern shores of the lake Saimaa makes Lappeenranta the regions’ centre for tourism. The closeness of the border and the role of the university are manifested by references to Lappeenranta as “the International University City”. The conference theme “Co-operation within and amongst family businesses” calls us to discuss about collective action within and between family and business systems as well as amongst family businesses. The theme challenges us to think about the core ideas, values and principles that help secure efficient, effective, and sustainable co-operation amongst individuals and entities in different family business contexts. We expect this to contribute to a variety of established scholarly discussions within the field, but also open previously ignored avenues for family business research. The conference will be addressed by two outstanding scholars, Professor Michael Pratt (Boston College) and Professor Theodore Greenstein (North Carolina State University), who will also participate in pre- and/or post-conference activities. Pre-conference activities feature IFERA 2014 Faculty Development and Doctoral Consortiums that contribute to the development of scholarly competencies of IFERA members and also help the field realize its potential. The conference concludes […]

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hamburg

IFERA 2015 Hamburg

October 13, 2017

IFERA 2015 Conference at Hamburg, Germany Tradition and Innovation in Family Business Family firms can be an exceptional repository of traditional values, beliefs and cultures, as well as products, production techniques and services that are handed down from generation to generation for decades, sometimes centuries. For their long-term survival, family firms need however to continuously renew their competitive advantage by introducing product, process, or organizational innovations. Program IFERA2015 program starts off with an enriching pre-conference program for doctoral students, junior faculty as well as those interested in attending a professional development workshop. This is followed by a two day academic program feauturing paper presentations, discussion sessions and poster sessions. The last day of the conference invites academics to interact with family businesses in the IFERA2015 Family Business Day. This is the chance for academics to learn new insights from the field and also bounce off their concepual ideas in engaging conversations with family business leaders and members. Detailed program – please click here. Keynote Speakers Richard L. Priem – Luther Henderson Chair of Strategic Management and Leadership. Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University Dr. Michael Frese – National University of Singapore Business School. Leuphana University Lüneburg IFERA2015 program starts off with an enriching pre-conference program for doctoral students, junior faculty as well as those interested in attending a professional development workshop. This is followed by a two day academic program feauturing paper presentations, discussion sessions and poster sessions. The last day of the conference invites academics to interact with family businesses in the IFERA2015 Family Business Day. This is the chance for academics to learn new insights from the field and also bounce off their concepual ideas in engaging conversations with family business leaders and members. Final Program (pdf) Conference Venue: Handelskammer InnovationsCampus, Adolphsplatz 6, 20457 Hamburg Registration, Poster Sessions, Lunch and Coffee breaks: Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Adolphsplatz 1, 20457 Hamburg Date                             Event  Tuesday,  June 30th 2015  IFERA 2015 Doctoral Consortiums & Faculty Development Consortiums IFERA 2015 Professional Development Workshop (PDW)  8.30 am – 5.45 pm  Wednesday, July 1st 2015  IFERA 2015 Annual Conference – Main Conference sessions  8.00 am – 6.00 pm  Thursday, July 2nd 2015  IFERA 2015 Annual Conference – Main Conference sessions  8.00 am – 6.15 pm Family Business Track        9.30 am – 6.00 pm  Friday, July 3rd 2015 Family Business Day   9.30 am – 6.30 pm The 2015 IFERA conference announces 9 awards for a total of 15.850 Euros. AWARD AMOUNT (in Euros) Sponsored By Ph.D. Research Proposal 2000 IFERA Best conference Paper 2000 IFERA Best paper on conference theme 1500 IFERA Best paper-contribution to practice 2000 IFERA Best paper by a first time presenter 1000 IFERA Best reviewer (Conference Registration fee) 350 IFERA Best family systems constructs research paper 2000 ROLESKI Best Emerging Scholar 2000 IFERA Best published paper from an IFERA event 3000 IFERA #1 IFERA 2015 Best Ph.D. Research Proposal Award (2000 Euros): IFERA is dedicated to facilitating and promoting the advancement of family business research by encouraging sound, scholarly, and rigorous research practices derived from all accepted methods of inquiry and philosophical traditions. The IFERA Best Ph.D. Research Proposal Competition initiative aims to acknowledge and honour the next generation of family business scholars […]

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IFERA 2017 Zadar

December 1, 2017

IFERA 2017 Conference at Zadar, Croatia Family businesses are often torn between their local roots and their desire and need for internationalization. They grapple with the paradox of being deeply rooted to their origins, tradition and local communities, while, at the same time, exploiting international opportunities in the global marketplace to stay competitive. IFERA invites papers that speak directly to the selected conference theme “Locality and Internationalization of Family Businesses”. In addition, we invite papers on all aspects of family business research, including but not limited to succession, leadership and governance, entrepreneurship, strategy, organization, family relationships, emotions, family psychology and sociology, history, economics, finance, and accounting, as well as issues that lie at the intersection of these and other interrelated disciplines. All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. STATUS UPDATEThe scientific program of the conference is availableClick here to download Keynote Speakers Paul Beamish – Canada Research Chair in International Business. Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada Bio Johan Wiklund – Al Berg Endowed Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship. Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, USA Bio “Locality and internationalization of Family Business” Program Co-Chairs: Jörn Block, University of Trier (Germany) Massimo Baù, Jönköping International Business School (Sweden) Family businesses are often torn between their local roots and their desire and need for internationalization. They grapple with the paradox of being deeply rooted to their origins, tradition and local communities, while, at the same time, exploiting international opportunities in the global marketplace to stay competitive. IFERA invites papers that speak directly to the selected conference theme “Locality and Internationalization of Family Businesses”. In addition, we invite papers on all aspects of family business research, including but not limited to succession, leadership and governance, entrepreneurship, strategy, organization, family relationships, emotions, family psychology and sociology, history, economics, finance, and accounting, as well as issues that lie at the intersection of these and other interrelated disciplines. All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. Family business research is indeed a truly multi-disciplinary, creative, rigorous, reflexive, and critical community. Let’s discover once again the pleasure of discussing between good friends the topics we love in a relaxed environment. Moreover, Zadar is amazing in June!  Family firms’ local roots and how they impact the local economy The conference seeks for a better understanding of the relationship between family firms and their local economy. It is often assumed that family firms have a strong connection to their home regions. But, so far, little empirical research exists on this topic. Exemplary research questions are the following:  How do family firms and their leaders and decision makers care about the local economy? How does this connection to the home region develop over the generations? What is the role of family firms in regional economic environments and how do they contribute to regional economic growth and development? Which role does the family and the family tradition play to create a link between the family firm and the region in which the family firm is located? How can policy makers create an environment such that family firms become a cornerstone of regional development? How do family firms face economic crises and how does this impact the local labor market?   These and other related questions […]

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