Celina Smith - Strategy & Organization Dept., EMLYON Business School
Leif Melin, Mattias Nordqvist - Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership – CeFEO
Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
- is Professor & Department Chair, Sociology, and Adjunct Professor of Management in the Kenan-Flagler Business School, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
- is Assistant Professor at the Family Business Centre for Family Business University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
The EIASM Workshop on Family Firm Management Research has become one of the most important venues for scholars to gather and discuss current research on the family businesses in Europe and beyond. The 11th annual EIASM Workshop, is organized and hosted by EM Lyon, in France. The 11th workshop continues the tradition of successful academic events that have been created at the previous meetings in Jönköping (2005, 2007 & 2012), Nice (2006), Naples (2008), Hasselt (2009), Barcelona (2010), Witten (2011), Helsinki (2013) and Bergamo (2014). Like the previous workshops, the 11th EIASM workshop will attract a large number of established and emerging scholars from family business research and related fields to share their interest and perspectives on family firm management. The workshop will provide great opportunities for researchers to share their experiences, receive high value feedback on each other’s work and to form new research collaborations.
A systematic process of paper discussants will be organized.
The academic programme will start in the morning of 29 May 2015 (at around 8.30 AM) and it will end in the afternoon of 30 May 2015 (at around 5 PM). A welcome reception will be organised on 28 May 2015, in the late afternoon.
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Boundaries are a defining feature of organizational life (Santos & Eisenhardt, 2005; Aldrich & Herker, 1977). This is arguably nowhere more evident than in family business research where a constellation of key boundaries have come to distinguish this rapidly expanding field. Scholars have sought for example to discern boundaries between family and non-family businesses (Sirmon & Hitt, 2003; Gallo, Tápies, & Cappuyns, 2004), between family and business (Hollander & Elman, 1988), and notwithstanding the overlap between family, business, and management (e.g. Gersick, Davis, Hampton & Lansberg,1997; Olson, Zuiker, Danes, Stafford, Heck & Duncan, 2003). Boundaries can play an important role in creating and preserving such phenomena as identity or power, and exist in many aspects of family business life from the cognitive, social, and cultural to the economic, geographic, and even political.
Yet, often boundaries are treated as static and immutable rather than as shifting or transitory. Witness the increasingly permeable boundary between entrepreneurship and family business, or between family business enterprises and their external environment through such processes as mergers and alliances, networks, virtual relationships, (Anderson & Jack, 2005), and outsourcing (Memili, Chrisman & Chua, 2011). Boundaries within family businesses themselves are also subject to shifts, for example the rise of daughters in family business succession, an area once considered the male preserve, or finally, the breach between family business and the place they call home.
Therefore, the Shifting boundaries theme considers two main aspects: the nature and relevance of the boundaries (i.e., types or categories) used to define or study family firms, and the changes experienced by family firms that question their traditional boundaries.
In this 11th EIASM Family Firm Research workshop we invite you to engage with the Shifting Boundaries theme – we welcome a broad range of ideas including, but not restricted to:
• What are the relevant boundaries to define and study family firms’ strategic behaviors?
• How do family and family business members negotiate shifts in organizational boundaries?
• How is the geographic boundary between home and work in family businesses changing?
• How are boundary shifts affecting succession processes, regarding both ownership and top management in family businesses?
• How do family business members recognise when they have crossed a boundary (whether functionally, operationally, emotionally or relationally)?
• How do family firms respond to shifts in organizational boundaries?
• How do family and non-family members define and negotiate boundaries for their respective roles in the business?
• How and why do boundaries between roles, functions and structures in family firms shift over time?
• How are new analytical approaches and methodologies, for example the use of audio-visual media, changing the boundaries of traditional family business research?
While submission of papers related to the main theme – Shifting boundaries in family firms - 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, including:
- literature review papers focusing on key issues and topics in the family business field,
- state-of-the-art papers that allow discussing the knowledge already acquired and the main challenges to address in future research,
- papers that use the family firm context for contributing to the development of general management and entrepreneurship concepts and theories - comparisons between family and non-family firms, but also between different types of family firms belong to this category,
- papers that draw on sophisticated and rigorous analysis of empirical data (both qualitative and quantitative papers are welcomed),
- papers that introduce and develop new theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of family firms.
Abstract submission: 15 March 2015
Authors notification: as of 16 March 2015
Registration for authors: tbd
Final papers: 15 May 2015
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