2nd EIASM Workshop on Family Firm Management Research

Nice, France – June 1-2, 2006

Family firms Management


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

Leif Melin and Annika Hall
CeFEO, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden

Keynote Speakers

Danny Miller
HEC Montréal, Canada

Isabelle Le Breton-Miller
HEC Montréal, Canada



Audencia Business School, Nantes, France.

Call for papers

“Family firms” are defined as family-controlled firms or of family –controlled and –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. Review of the family business research field : state-of-the-art papers will allow to discuss the knowledge already acquired and the main challenges to address in future research
  2. Review of the methodologies used for conducting research on family firm management: such papers will invite participants to discuss methodological choices in relation to research topics, identify opportunities and pitfalls, and hopefully contribute to still enhance the quality of future research in the family business field.
  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 should belong to this category.
  4. Research focusing on a topic specific to family firms. For instance :
    • survival and performance over generations, specific competitive advantages of family-firms
    • interactions between the family and the firm and their impact on management
    • governance, decision-making and strategizing processes at the top
    • succession of ownership and leadership,

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