15th EIASM Workshop on Family Firm Management Research

Nantes, France – May 23-25, 2019

Family Entrepreneurship and Society


Emma Avetisyan, Miruna Radu-Lefebvre, Kathleen Randerson and Christian Vögtlin
Audencia Business School, France

Ethel Brundin and Mattias Nordqvist
CeFEO, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden

Keynote Speakers

Laura J. Spence
School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
“A sorry tale? Family business, SMEs and the SDGs”

Alfredo De Massis
Centre for Family Business Management, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
“Trends, Challenges and Opportunities in Family Entrepreneurship Research”



Audencia Business School, Nantes, France.

Call for papers

Family businesses and business families are more likely to pursue non-economic goals for their own satisfaction but also for the benefit of society. Indeed, values held by the family, family members, or family business are often catalysts for entrepreneurial behaviors, leading to the creation of new entities, new business models, responsible innovation, philanthropic endeavors, and responsible supply chain management, among others.

The central theme of 15th EIASM Family Firm Management Research Workshop is ‘Family Entrepreneurship and Society’, but we welcome research papers and case studies with a focus on a broad range of thematic topics addressing the principles and practices of family entrepreneurship, family business, sustainability and responsibility. Potential submissions can address the following questions, but are not restricted to those:

  • What form of entrepreneurship is better suited to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • How does family involvement (in ownership, in management) contribute to sustainable development?
  • How do family relations influence the way (social) entrepreneurs deal with sustainable development issues?
  • How does family identity, family roles, and family values influence entrepreneurial behaviors and the impetus for responsible innovation?
  • How does family entrepreneurship in general motivate entrepreneurs (individuals, families, and family businesses) to behave more responsibly?
  • What are the reciprocal relationships between family, entrepreneurship and sustainable development?
  • How does the family culture influence how entrepreneurship contributes to sustainable development?
  • How do family entrepreneurs enact their social identity as responsible leaders (on the individual, family, and family business levels)?
  • What role do family values play in pursuing sustainable development through entrepreneurship?
  • What are intermediary mechanisms (e.g., emotional, motivational, identity-oriented, role-related, etc.) that influence the relation between family, entrepreneurial behaviors, family business, and sustainable development?


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