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BILBAO, SPAIN, MAY 25-27, 2017



University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU 
(Chair of Family Business, UPV/EHU, Spain)



Txomin Iturralde and Amaia Maseda, Chair of Family Business, UPV/EHU
University of the Basque Country, Spain

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


Alessandro Minichilli, Bocconi University, Italy
Pramodita Sharma, Vermont University, USA
Belen Villalonga, Stern School of Business, USA


European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) is an international network for management research and teaching that includes more than 50.000 management scientists from all over the world. EIASM's mission is to enhance high quality in research and doctoral studies in management and related disciplines. The 13th annual EIASM Workshop, organized and hosted by the University of the Basque Country, 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), Lyon (2015) and Zwolle (2016). 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. The Workshop will consist of plenary sessions and research paper presentations.


Programme overview - here.

Detailed sessions - here. 

The academic program will start in the morning of 26 May 2017 (at around 8.30 AM) and it will end in the afternoon of 27 May 2017 (at around 5 PM). A social programme will be organized on 25 May, in the afternoon at around 5 PM.


Special workshop theme: “Creativity and Family Businesses”
Creativity is an important part of the construction of ideas, services and products which are new and useful. That is, a product, a service or an idea must be different from what has been done before, it must be appropriate to the goal at hand and valuable (Amabile, 1996). Research indicates that creative companies do better than their competitors (Davidsson et al., 2010; Thornhill, 2006). The need for companies to be competitive has sparked the interest of researchers and practitioners to better understand creativity in organizations.

Family firms do not only contribute significantly to improved living standards, but also, they create a significant level of social, human and financial capital. Moreover, family firms offer interesting examples of the firms where creative resources play an important role for competitiveness and continuity, in this sense creativity plays an important role in helping family firms achieve competitive advantage over other firms through improving the quality of its product, or/and production process. In this 13th EIASM Family Firm Research workshop we invite you to engage in the theme “Creativity and Family Businesses”. We welcome a broad range of ideas including, but not restricted to:
   •    Entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity
   •    Creative teams: families, boards and management groups
   •    Collaborative creativity in family business
   •    How does the family dimension affect creativity in family business?
   •    How theories of creativity can increase our understanding about family businesses
   •    Research methods to capture and understand creativity in family business
   •    Creative approaches to succession and governance in family business
   •    Advantages and disadvantages of family businesses for fostering creativity 
   •    Multi-level analysis of creativity
   •    Institutionalization, professionalization and creativity of family businesses

While submission of papers related to the main theme Creativity and Family Businesses - are 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,
  -    literature review papers focusing on key issues and topics in the family business field,
 -    papers that draws 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,
 -    papers on other topics of relevance, which may add value to the field of family businesses,
  -    papers that introduce and develop new theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of family firms.


Please submit your abstract through the EIASM online abstract and paper submission system.

Note that the proposal has to be submitted online as ONE document
The proposal is composed by a cover page and the body of the proposal that consists of a 2 pages abstract (cover page not included). 
 - the cover page should be a separate sheet including the following information: Title,  Each author’s name, his/her affiliation, address, telephone, fax, e-mail. 
 - the 2 page abstract should include: Purpose/topic of research, Research method, Theories used and Contribution of research.

All proposals should be single spaced, 11 point font, Times new roman or similar.


Deadline Abstracts: 1 February 2017
Authors notification: as of 15 February 2017
Registration for authors: 31 March 2017
Final papers: 24 April 2017


Papers presented at the 2017 workshop could be eligible for a special issue of the European Journal of Family Business “Creativity and Family Businesses”

More information about this will be given onsite.


University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU
Auditorium of the UPV/EHU
Avda. Abandoibarra, 3
48009 BILBAO


For the list of recommended hotels CLICK HERE. (Please note that on those dates there are several events in Bilbao and we encourage you to book your hotel as early as possible.)


Details will be posted soon.

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 May 1, 2017 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: +32 2 512 19 29
Email: setyar@eiasm.be