IFERA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

3-6 July 2018, Zwolle (the Netherlands)

Call for Papers

Program Co-Chairs: Anita Van Gils & Ilse Matser, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

Conference Theme:

The International Family Enterprise Research Academy, IFERA, invites papers that add knowledge to the selected conference theme “Coping with disruptions: Family firm continuity and sustainability in times of rapid change”. Radical technological changes in family firms’ business environment, as well as major social, economic and political changes throughout the world, demand more flexibility and adaptability from family firms. At the same time, the family system itself is altering significantly. Families become smaller, have fewer children and will include more elderly persons, potentially endangering the continuity of the family firm. It is thus increasingly important for family firms to develop strategies and structures needed to address radical change, both internally and externally.

In addition, we invite 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. All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. As “engaged scholarship” is highly valued in the conference host organization, researchers are encouraged to reflect, next to the theoretical contribution, on the practical implications of their studies.

All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. As “engaged scholarship” is highly valued in the conference host organization, researchers are encouraged to reflect, next to the theoretical contribution, on the practical implications of their studies.

Conference Host:

Windesheim University of Applied Sciences (https://www.windesheiminternational.nl) located in Zwolle (just one hour by direct train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport) is looking forward to warmly welcome you in July 2018!

Key Dates and Deadlines:

• All submissions due: February 5, 2018

• Application for doctoral/faculty consortia: March 26, 2018

IFERA 2018 welcomes a wide range of submissions:

• Full Paper (FP)

• Work in Progress (WIP)

• Research Dissemination (RD)

• *NEW 2018* Teaching Case Study (TCS)

For further information about conference theme, submission guidelines, conference awards, journal special issues, etc., please visit: research.

The conference Program Co-Chairs and the IFERA team look forward to warmly welcome you in Zwolle, the Netherlands, in July 2018!

Regards,

Dr Josip Kotlar

Associate Professor

Lancaster University Management School