IFERA Brescia, Italy


Advancing Gender Diversity Research in Family Business.
A Journey across Disciplines

DATE TO BE RELEASED| University of Brescia,
Brescia, Italy
Deadline: February 24th, 2020
Acceptance: March 2nd, 2020
Deadline: March 30th, 2020
Helga Ravelli: helga.ravelli@unibs.it

Event Coordinator:

Helga Ravelli, University of Brescia



More info will be released as soon as possible

Advancing Gender Diversity Research in Family Business.
A Journey across Disciplines
- Call for papers -

Although gender diversity allows businesses to reduce conflict and improve performance, women still lag behind men in key strategic decision making positions. Families are in a unique position to promote greater gender equality in their businesses, thanks to early involvement of future business leaders, strong focus on values, and influence on  governance structures – which can encourage a change in priorities and mindset. This workshop will provide in-depth discussion of original research papers, including work-in-progress, focusing on different theoretical and empirical approaches to gender diversity and women’s involvement in family businesses. We welcome multi-disciplinary perspectives to further develop this research area. As well as a Keynote Speech, the RDW will include an “Academics Meet Practitioners” panel with experts on the topic from entrepreneurship, corporate governance, sociology and law, as well as from practice (e.g. family business owners and representatives from industrial associations) to inspire our conversation (details will follow).


Day 1
Room: Sala delle Candelabre
13.30-14.00 Registration
14.00-14.05 Welcome speech from the Chairs
14.05-15.15 Keynote speech: David Audretsch
15.15-15.45 Coffee Break
15.45-17.15 Paper Session 1 Chair: Alexandra Dawson (Sala delle Candelabre)
17.15-17.30 Coffee Break
17.30-18.15 Extended Abstract Session Chair: Mariasole Bannò and Mariateresa Torchia
19.30-22.30 Social Dinner

Day 2
Room: Sala delle Candelabre
9.00-9.30     Guided tour from Hotel to University
9.30-10.45   Keynote speech: Rania Labaki
10.45-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-12.30 Paper Session 2 Chair: Giorgia D’Allura (Sala delle Candelabre)
12.30-14.00 Lunch - Franciacorta Wine tasting
14.00-15.30 Academics meet Practitioners Chairs: Mariasole Bannò and Mariateresa Torchia
15.30-15:35 Closing speech from the Chairs


      David Audretsch, Indiana University, USA
"Family Business and Democracy"​

David Audretsch is a Distinguished Professor and Ameritech Chair of Economic Development at Indiana University, where he is also serves as Director of the Institute for Development Strategies. He also is an Honorary Professor of Industrial Economics and Entrepreneurship at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. Audretsch's research has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development and global competitiveness. He is co-author of The SevenSecrets of Germany, published by Oxford University Press. He is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal. He was awarded the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research by the Swedish Foundation for Entrepreneurship. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Augsburg, Jonköping University and the University of Siegen. Audretsch also was awarded the Schumpeter Prize from the University of Wuppertal. Audretsch serves as a member of the Advisory Board to a number of research and policy institutes, including the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum in Stockholm, the Jackstädt Centre for Entrepreneurship in Wuppertal, Germany, and the American Center for Entrepreneurship in Washington, D.C

  Rania Labaki, EDHEC Business School, France
"From shadow to spotlight : Towards an emotions perspective on gender in family business"

Rania Labaki, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Management at the EDHEC Business School and Director of the EDHEC Family Business Centre (France). Her recent research and teaching interests revolve around the interplay between family dynamics and family business behavior, in relation with entrepreneurial, financial, social, and succession decisions. Rania has been actively involved in several international organizations dedicated to family business. Among her current appointments, she is Board Member of The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), Family Business Scholar of the Cornell Smith Family Business Initiative, and Head of the scientific committee of The Family Business Network (FBN) in France. Rania also serves as Advisory Committee member of Women in Family Business (WIFB) and New York City Family Enterprise Centre (NYCFEC), Advisor of Lansberg Gersick & Associates, and Fellow member of The Family Firm Institute (FFI). Rania is also co-editor of Entrepreneurship Research Journal and member of several editorial and review boards of academic and professional journals and websites dedicated to family business, including Family Business Review, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Droit et Patrimoine, and familybusiness.org. Her work has been featured in the international media and press, including the Financial Times, Forbes India, CampdenFB, The Conversation, La Tercera, Les Echos and Le Figaro. Rania received several international awards for her academic contributions to the field of family business. She holds a PhD in Management Sciences from the University of Bordeaux in France and an MBA from the University of Saint-Esprit de Kaslik in Lebanon.



We encourage international scholars to submit their research ideas and works in progress at different stages. Given the developmental nature of the workshop, we encourage submissions of:

 The maximum length of the paper is 40 pages (including all tables, appendices and references). The minimum length of the paper is 15    pages

 The maximum length of the ideas/proposals/extended abstracts is 6 pages (8 pages including references)

All submissions should be sent electronically to (Helga.ravelli@unibs.it)

• To facilitate the blind review process, remove all author-identifying information, including acknowledgements, from the main text
• Include a separate Title page with author information (name and affiliation) and acknowledgements
• Include a brief abstract (max. 150 words) and 3 keywords in the draft/full paper
• Use Times New Roman 12-pitch font, double spaced, and 1-inch (2.5 cm) margin all around. References may be single spaced. Number all of the pages
• Submissions should be in Word or PDF (two separate documents: Title page and Manuscript)
• Only submissions in English shall be accepted for review
• In case of acceptance, the author or one of the co-authors must be available to present the paper at the workshop


• February 24th, 2020  - All submissions should be sent electronically to (Helga.ravelli@unibs.it)
• March 2nd, 2020 - Authors will be notified of acceptance in order to arrange their travels
• March 30th, 2020 - Deadline for registration
• April 7th, 2020 - Accepted and registered participants will get a written feedback (based on a blind review process)

Scientific Committee

The IFERA RDW Scientific Committee will provide personalized feedbacks to all submitted papers.


Reviewers RDW

Special Issues

Opportunities for publication related to the RDW:

Special Issue on Journal of Family Business Strategy

Advancing Diversity Research in Family Business (download)

JFBS SI Call for Papers_Diversity in FB_FINAL

Journal of Management and Governance

FastTrack for publication (download)

JMG Fast-track process_IFERARDW


Piccola Impresa / Small Business

Call for papers – “Women in Small and Medium Sized Family Firms: Theory and Practice” (download)


Piccola Impresa / Small Business is looking for conceptual (including meta-analyses, critical literature reviews, or “state-of-the-art” articles) and/or empirical (qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods) articles that can extend our understanding about the role of women in small and medium sized family firms in ownership, management and governance positions. Articles from scholars in all areas of research and in the international research community who have a particular interest in this topic are welcome. The adoption of new and original theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches is also encouraged. For further and detailed information bout this Special Issue, please download the related file.



Registration fee: 100 euro

Opening date: February 20, 2020


The RDW venue will be:

Law (Giurisprudenza) Department – Università degli studi di Brescia,
Via S. Faustino, 41, 25122 Brescia BS
It is in the centre of Brescia, easily to reach from the train/bus station by 20 minutes walk or by metro.
The metro stop is San faustino.
Next to the train station there is the metro stop, you can buy the ticket at the payment machines (it costs 1.40€ per trip) and take the metro-train towards “Prealpino”.


Il Caravaggio Airport in Bergamo Orio al Serio
The Bergamo Orio al Serio international airport is located about km 50 from Brescia. One of Ryanair’s European hubs, it connects Italy to the main European cities with low-cost flights.
Airport IATA code: BGY
Address: Via Orio al Serio 49/51, 24050 Grassobbio (Bergamo), Italy
tel. +39 035 326323
To / From Bergamo Airport
You can reach the city of Brescia from Bergamo Orio al Serio airport with Autostradale bus service (autostradale.com, tel. +39 035 322915 / +39 02 30089000, € 12 one way, first ride 5:10am, last ride 10:30pm, duration about 60 min) which arrives to SIA bus station in Brescia (Via Solferino 6, platform no. 24).
Alternatively, you can take the ATB – Azienda Trasporti Bergamo shuttle (www.atb.bergamo.it/en, tel. + 39 035 236026, € 2.30 one way, first ride 5am, last ride 00:30am, duration 17 min) to Bergamo train station (Piazza Marconi, 7, 24122 Bergamo, tel. +39 035 247950), then reach Brescia’s train station with Trenord local train service (info and timetable: https://www.trenord.it, € 4.80 one way, first train at 5:50am, last train at 11pm, duration 60 min).

Valerio Catullo Airport in Verona Villafranca
Valerio Catullo international airport in Verona Villafranca is located about 60 km from Brescia. It connects Verona to Italian cities such as Rome, Naples, and Palermo and to international destinations such as Amsterdam, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Moscow, and St. Petersburg.
Airport IATA code: VRN
Address: 37066, Caselle di Sommacampagna (Verona), Italia
tel. +39 045 8095666
From / To Verona Airport
You can reach Brescia from Verona airport with the Aerobus service offered by ATV – Azienda Trasporti Verona (www.atv.verona.it, tel. +39 045 8057922) which takes you to Verona Porta Nuova train station (€ 6 one way, first ride 5:15am, last ride 10:50pm, duration 15 min). The station is connected to Brescia’s train station through both regional and high-speed trains (https://www.trenitalia.com/, with fares starting from € 7.05 and duration between 35 and 53 min).

Milan Linate Airport
Milan Linate international airport is located about 85 km from Brescia. It connects Milan to several Italian and European cities.
Airport IATA code: LIN
Address: Viale Enrico Forlanini, 20090 Segrate, Milano, Italia
tel. +39 02 232323
From / To Milan Linate
As you exit Linate airport, take the Starfly bus offered by Autostradale to Milan Centrale train station (https://autostradale.it/, tel. +39 02 30089000, € 5 one way, first ride at about 7:45am, last ride 10:45pm, duration 25 min, tickets can be purchased on board or online at https://www.airportbusexpress.it). Once in Stazione Centrale, choose one of the regional or high-speed trains which stop in Brescia (https://www.trenitalia.com/, from € 7.30, duration between 35 and 65 min).

Milan Malpensa Airport
Milan Malpensa is located about 140 km from Brescia. It connects Milan to Europe (Easy Jet low cost flights from Terminal 2) and all the continents (Terminal 1).
Airport IATA code: MXP
Address: 21010 Ferno, Varese, Italia
tel. +39 02 232323
From / To Milan Malpensa Airport
Take the Malpensa Shuttle from Malpensa airport to Milan Centrale train station (www.malpensashuttle.it, tel +39 02 58583185, € 8.00 one way, 24-hour service, duration 50 min, tickets can be purchased online at ticketonline.malpensashuttle.it/_en). Once in Stazione Centrale, choose one of the regional or high-speed trains which stop in Brescia (https://www.trenitalia.com/, from € 7.30, duration between 35 and 65 min).

Brescia is located in a strategic position along the Milan-Venice railway. It is served by both regional and high-speed trains.
Trains from / to Milan Centrale: regional train (€ 7.30, 1 h 7 min, departures approximately every hour) – high-speed train (from € 26.00, 36 min, departures every half hour);
Trains from / to Verona Porta Nuova: regional train (€ 7, 43 min, departures approximately every hour) – high-speed train (from € 21.00, 35 min, departures every half hour);
Trains from / to Rome Termini: Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Italo high-speed trains (from € 30, about 3.5 hours, departures every half hour);
For train timetable and fares, visit www.trenitalia.com (regional and Freccia high-speed trains) and www.italotreno.it/en (Italo high-speed trains).

Brescia can be reached through motorways A4 Milan-Venice (E64), A35 Brescia – Bergamo – Milan, and A21 Turin – Piacenza – Cremona – Brescia (E70). It is therefore in a strategic position at the heart of the main national intersections and European corridors which connect eastern and western Europe and northern and southern Italy.
Brescia can be accessed through the following motorway tolls:
A4: Brescia Ovest, Brescia Centro, Brescia Est;
A21: Brescia Sud, Brescia Centro;
A35: Castegnato toll. Continue following directions to the city along the Brebemi A35 connecting road.
Getting to Brescia by car from the main Italian cities
By car from Florence, Rome, and southern Italy: follow motorway A1 until Modena, take A22 towards Brennero, then A4 towards Brescia – Milan;
By car from Turin: follow A4 towards Milan – Brescia – Venice;
By car from Verona and Venice: follow A4 towards Brescia – Milan – Turin;
By car from Genoa and Liguria: follow A7 until Tortona, then continue along A21 until the end.
Getting to Brescia by car from the main airports
From Bergamo Orio al Serio airport: follow A4 towards Brescia (about 50 km);
From Verona airport: follow A4 towards Brescia – Milan (about 60 km);
From Milan Linate airport: follow A35 towards Brescia (about 85 km);
From Milan Malpensa airport: follow A8 towards Milan, then A4 towards Brescia – Verona (about 140 km).

Brescia and the main tourist attractions in its province can be reached by bus from Italy and Europe. Brescia’s bus station is near the train station (Via Solferino 6).
How to get to Brescia by bus from Italy
How to get to Brescia by bus from Europe
www.global.flixbus.com (connections with all Europe)
www.eurolines.com (connections with all Europe)
For bus connections to the main airports, please visit the page “How to get to Brescia by plane”.

Getting around the province by bus
Brescia is connected to its province and its most important tourist attractions through an effective network of regional buses. These are the main bus companies operating in the area:
SAIA / SIA: buses from / to Camonica Valley, Trompia Valley, Sabbia Valley, Lake Garda, Cremona, and Brescia’s plain in the south;
APAM: buses from / to Mantua via Montichiari;
FNMA: buses from / to Franciacorta, Lake Iseo, and Camonica Valley.
For info and timetable, visit www.arriva.it, tel. +39 030 2889911, toll-free number 840620001.


The hotel offering preferential rates to delegates is: https://www.hotelvittoria.com/

Price per standard single room: 90 Euro

Price per superior single room: 98 Euro

All prices include breakfast and parking

To book your accommodation please send an email to info@hotelvittoria.com and mention the booking code "RDW Brescia".
In order to confirm your booking the hotel will require the following information: Name, Surname, Phone number, Credit Card details and Billing details.

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