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ZWOLLE, MAY 13-14, 2016



Ilse Matser - Department of Family Business Management,
Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Ethel Brundin, Mattias Nordqvist -  Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership - CeFEO
Jönköping International Business School, Sweden


Peter Jaskiewicz PhD
Associate Professor and CIBC Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurship and Family Business
Concordia University Montreal, Montréal · John Molson School of Business


Georges Romme
Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Eindhoven University of Technology
Pramodita Sharma will give an academic perspective on the ‘Live Case’ 


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 family businesses in Europe and beyond. The 12th annual EIASM Workshop is organized and hosted by Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. The 12th 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), Bergamo (2014), and Lyon (2015). Like the previous workshops, the 12th EIASM workshop aims to 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.

Papers will be reviewed and discussed by colleague researchers working on similar themes. Additionally, review sessions will be organized for junior scholars aiming to further develop their work into journal articles.


The academic program will start in the morning of 13 May 2016 (at around 8.30 AM) and it will end in the afternoon of 14 May 2016 (at around 5 PM). A welcome reception will be organized on 12 May 2016, in the late afternoon.

For a tentative programme CLICK HERE


Family business research has demonstrated great advancements over the last decades, yet many challenges remain to be solved. One of those challenges is the gap between theory and practice. Research has been largely deduced or has assumed human action from findings on macro and meso levels of economic and sociological inquiry (Johnson, Langley, Melin, & Whittington, 2007). Micro lenses are however little used. “Strategies are theorized as somehow disembodied” (Johnson et al., 2007). Additionally, there is a need to translate theoretical concepts such as family social capital and socio-emotional wealth into a useful vocabulary for practitioners. It is also important that the demographics of the business population are better represented in our research efforts by more focus on small and medium sized businesses. One important challenge in family business research is therefore to address the gap between theory and practice by moving theory to practice and vice versa.

Different approaches to address the gap between theory and practice can be identified, including for example the design-based research approach which is used in entrepreneurship research (Van Burg & Romme, 2014). This approach works towards research synthesis (by combining findings and contributions from different research traditions) in terms of outcome patterns, social mechanisms and contextual conditions. Another approach is the engaged scholarship perspective (Van de Ven, 2007), which argues for collaboration and engagement with practitioners to help recognize our blind sights. Given their different perspectives and roles, practitioners can contribute by identifying problems, models, designs and potential solutions. The idea is not to agree with each other’s point of view, but to be knowledgeable about them.  

Examples of questions to be addressed are how to bridge the gap(s) between theories and practices of family business management, how does theory influence family business management practice and does the same apply in reverse, can the theory be ‘real’, how do we apply high level theory to practice and how effective is the ‘transfer’ to the level of management practice? What are, could, or should be the results and outcomes at business, family and owner level?

In this 12th EIASM Family Firm Research workshop we invite you to engage in the theme ‘bridging the gap – integrating family business theory and practice’. We welcome a broad range of ideas including, but not restricted to:

  - Evidence based family entrepreneurship
  - Application of theory by business families
  - Application of theory by family business advisors
  - Overview of research methods for doing applied research in the family business context
  - New concepts for doing applied research in the family business context
  - Overview of urgent questions  that practitioners seek answers to
  - Guiding principles in doing applied research in family business context
  - When doing research becomes an intervention in the family business

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, 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: 21 February 2016
Authors notification: as of 29 February 2016
Registration for authors: 31 March 2016
Final papers: 24 April 2016



Abstracts: A two (2) page proposal preceded by a cover page that contains the authors’ names, affiliation and the title of the paper should be uploaded using the link below. (Note that the cover page and the 2 page proposal should form one document).

Full papers: there are no specific guidelines for the full papers just make sure that you include the author's details.

Procedure to upload your final paper (PDF only): 

* go on the EIASM web site (http://www.eiasm.org ) 
* click on "Workshops & conferences / Event administration" 
* enter your login (which is your e-mail) 
Please note that you need to enter your e-mail address exactly as it appears in your EIASM profile 
* add your password (in case you have forgotten one of these items, please follow the procedure indicated). 
* at that stage, you will see that the final version of your paper is needed. Clicking on "details" enables you to upload it 
- In case the title is different from the title of the abstract you submitted, please modify it. 
* once it’s done, don't forget to click on the "SAVE" button. 


Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

Research Centre Entrepreneurship
Campus 2,  8000 GB Zwolle
The Netherlands

How to get to Zwolle: click here


Bilderberg Grand Hotel Wientjes
  - To book this hotel at EIASM rates click here

Hotel Lumen - Discount code for EIASM rates: EIASM2016 You can use this discount code online through our own website (www.hotellumen.nl), by phone (0031 88 147 147) or via email (info@hotellumen.nl) to make a reservation.

If you would like to book through our website, please click first on the heading 'Book Now'. You can then enter the code under ‘Promocode’. If you click 'continue'  the special rate will be processed immediately. 


For participants affiliated with an institution that is member or associate member of the EIASM's
Academic Council
350,90 € (including 60,90 € VAT)
For participants coming from another academic institution 435,60 € (including 75,60 € VAT)

Cancellations made before April 20, 2016 will be reimbursed minus 20% of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after that date.

Payments should be made by :

  • The following credit cards: Visa or Eurocard/Mastercard/Access




Ms. Cristina Setyar - EIASM Conference Manager
Tel: +32 2 226 66 69 - Fax:
Email: setyar@eiasm.be