3rd EIASM Workshop on Family Firm Management Research

Jönköping, Sweden – June 3-5, 2007

Entrepreneurial Families and Family Firms


Leif Melin and Mattias Nordqvist
CeFEO, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden

Jean-Luc Arregle and Philippe Very
EDHEC Business School, France

Keynote Speakers

Tom Lumpkin
Texas Tech University, USA

Bill Schulze
Utah University, USA

Call for papers

“Family firms” are defined as family-controlled (ownership) or family managed firms. Only papers dealing with at least one of these populations are welcomed. Four categories of research are of interest for the workshop:
  1. Conceptual and empirical research focusing on the specific sub-theme of “Entrepreneurial families and family firms”. We seek papers that can contribute significantly to our knowledge about the entrepreneurial activities of families and in family firms. Possible topics are:
    1. The role of family for supporting and financing new ventures
    2. The family as a context of specific values, norms and networks and how these may facilitate or constrain entrepreneurial activities
    3. How the owner-family maintains and transmits an entrepreneurial spirit and capacity across generations
    4. The family institution as a promoter or barrier to regional and national entrepreneurial growth
    5. Historical accounts of the entrepreneurial role of families in the emergence of industries and enterprising regions
    6. Processes and outcomes of corporate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial orientation in family and non-family firms as well as in different types of family firms
    7. The family firm as metaphor for overlapping territories (e.g. the family, the firm and the ownership; or the public and the private), and its role for entrepreneurship
  2. Review of the family business research field: state-of-the-art papers that allow to discuss the knowledge already acquired and the main challenges to address in future research. Review papers should focus on a main theme within the general family business field, such as corporate governance, strategic management, human resource management, corporate entrepreneurship, gender or professional management etc.
  3. Research that contributes to refining general theories. As David Whetten concluded at the first 2005 workshop in Jönköping, researchers often borrow theories from the field of management/ organization studies, apply them to family firms, but they often neglect to explain what their findings bring to the larger field. We will welcome papers that use the family firm context for contributing to the development of general concepts and theories. Comparisons between family and non-family firms, but also between different types of family firms should belong to this category.
  4. Empirical research focusing on a topics specific to family firms. For instance :
    1. survival and performance over generations,
    2. specific competitive advantages of family-firms
    3. interactions between the family and the firm and their impact on management
    4. governance, decision-making and strategizing processes at the top
    5. succession of ownership and leadership.

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