16th EIASM Workshop on Family Firm Management Research

EuFBC, Online – May 23-25, 2019

Family Firms Between Local and Global Challenges


Massimo Baù and Kajsa Haag
CeFEO, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden

Keynote Speakers

Pramodita Sharma
Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont
"Pioneering Family Firms’ Sustainable Development Strategies"

Liselotte Hägertz Engstam
Chair of Boards Impact Forum, Sweden
"Engaging board directors to accelerate climate actions and innovation for sustainable business"

Jörn Block
University of Trier, Germany
"Bridging locality and internationalization: the hidden champion phenomenon"

Andrew Bryson
Family Business Network
"Family Business for Sustainable Development"



Call for papers

The current pandemic and its consequences forced every scholar to reflect about sustainable development, networks, and opportunity for establishing collaborations in different forms. The 16th EIASM Workshop on Family Firm Management Research represents a unique opportunity for engaging in such discussion.

Family firms are often torn between their local and global environments. They are visible and embedded in their environment, facing the responsibilities of contributing to a sustainable development of their local communities. At the same time, with their products, services, and international supply chain networks, family firms face the global challenges and share the responsibility of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The central theme of the Workshop is ‘Family Firms between local and global challenges’, but we welcome all research papers contributing at expanding the frontiers of family business research. For example, we welcome paper exploring the intersection between family business and Innovation, Digitalization, Internationalization, Governance, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Practice, Emotions, Ethics, HR, Careers, Strategy, and Sustainability.

Online format

The 16th EIASM Workshop on Family Firm Management Research was co-organized by CeFEO and EuFBC as conversation that took place between September 16 and October 21, 2021. The event was distributed over 6 days, being a regular appointment, every Thursday from 15:00 to 18:00 for all participants to the conference.

In 2021, the European Family Business Research Centers (EuFBC) network was formed by 15 of the largest research centers conducting research in the field of family business in Europe. Each center actively participated and contributed to the workshop by offering keynotes and activities to all the participants.

With the support of the centers of the EuFBC network we explored and discussed the emerging topics in family business, with a particular attention toward the challenges and opportunities in the current global scenario. Each day of the conference, three EuFBC centers presented three keynote speeches that will introduce the topics of the sessions.

After, the papers connected to the topics of the day have been presented in parallel sessions. As a conclusion of the activities of every conference day, the EuFBC centers organized a one-hour session dedicated to looking for inspiration for future research opportunities.


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Scientific Committee

  • Alfredo De Massis, Free University of Bolzano
  • Andrea Calabrò, IPAG
  • Carlo Salvato, Bocconi University
  • Giovanna Campopiano, Lancaster University
  • Judith Van Helvert-Beugels, Windesheim Univ.
  • Nadine Kammerlander, WHU
  • Nava Michael Tsabari, Tel Aviv University
  • Philipp Sieger, University of Bern
  • Rania Labaki, EDHEC Business School
  • Reinhard Prügl, Zeppelin University
  • Thomas Zellweger, University of St. Gallen
  • Tommaso Minola, University of Bergamo
  • Valentina Lazzarotti, Università Cattaneo LIUC
  • Wim Voordeckers, Hasselt University

Organizing Committee

  • Frederik Riar, University of Bern
  • Valentino D’Angelo, Bocconi University
  • Jasper Brinkerink, Free University of Bolzano
  • Rüveyda Kelleci, Hasselt University
  • Issam Mejri, IPAG
  • Bingbing Ge, Lancaster University
  • Barbara Maggi, Università Cattaneo LIUC
  • Mara Brumana, University of Bergamo
  • Josh Hsueh, University of St. Gallen
  • Julia de Groote, WHU
  • Rosemarie Steenbeek, Windesheim University

EuFBC – European Family Business Reseach Centers

The European Family Business Reseach Centers (EuFBC) network is a joint initiative of a group of some of the largest Family Business Centres in Europe, from nine different countries. The goals is to offer a common platform for scholars across the continent to present and debate state-of-art academic research on family business, business families, and family entrepreneurship. The members of EuFBC are:

  • Bocconi University (Italy), Chair in Strategic Management in Family Business
  • EDHEC Business School (France), EDHEC Family Business Research Centre
  • Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy), Centre for Family Business Management
  • Hasselt University (Belgium), Research Centre for Entrepreneurship and Family Firms
  • IPAG (France), Family Business Institute
  • Jönköping International Business School (Sweden), Centre for Family Entrepreneurship and Ownership
  • Lancaster University (United Kingdom), Centre for Family Business
  • Tel Aviv University (Israel), Raya Strauss Center for Family Firm Research
  • Università Cattaneo LIUC (Italy), FABULA Family Business Lab
  • University of Bergamo (Italy), Center for Young and Family Enterprise
  • University of Bern (Switzerland), IMU-U and IOP-P
  • University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), Center for Family Business CFB-HSG
  • WHU (Germany), Institute for Family Business and Mittelstand
  • Windesheim University (The Netherlands), Dutch Centre of Expertise in Family Business
  • Zeppelin University (Germany), Friedrichshafen Institute of Family Business