9th EIASM Workshop on Family Firm Management Research

Helsinki, Finland – May 24-25, 2013

Creative Resources And Resourcefulness In Family Business


Matti Koiranen
Jyväskylä University, Finland

Martin Lindell
Hanken School of Economics, Finland

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

Keynote Speakers

Esa Saarinen
Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

Johanna Ikäheimo
Lappset Group Oy, Finland



University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Hanken School of Economics, Finland

Call for papers

Creative industries are becoming more and more significant in economy. Family firms offer interesting examples of the firms where creative resources and resourcefulness play an important role for competitiveness and continuity. Already in 2003, the total value of creative industries was more than 650 billion euros, thus outweighing both the car industry and ICT sectors. The growth in Europe has been about 10 per cent more than in other industries.

Typical examples of creative industries are animation production, architecture, films, radio and tv, arts and galleries, design, handicraft, sports and recreation services, advertising and marketing communication, publishing, software, music performance and entertainment, games, recorded music products, bios and theatres. Creative resources are needed in any industry but they are of vital importance in the industries where creativity is the dominant logic of competitiveness (“contents is the king”) and where, for example, intellectual property rights (IPR) often are the most important economic asset. Resourcefulness means multidimensional, systemic intelligence and/or contextual sharpness. It helps family firms to better discover business opportunities, or to create them. It is the driver for continuous innovation but also a necessity in coping with and overcoming business challenges.

We invite papers that address different aspects of the conference theme as studied in the contextual setting of family businesses. While submission of papers related to the main theme are particularly encouraged, the workshop continues its tradition to accept papers relevant to any area of family firm management, and which add value to the development of the family business research field.

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