Exploring Entrepreneurial Ventures, Family Firms, and Hidden Champions

6th International Research Forum on Mittelstand

The conference is for free and anyone interested is welcome to register to audit the sessions, join the discussions and take part in the social events & virtual networking activities!

Non-author participants can register till the end of 17th of November!


It is our pleasure to invite you to join us at the biennial conference which will be held digitally on November 16th/17th 2020.

In its sixth edition, the conference aims to serve as a distinguished platform for developing academic articles in a structured, stimulating, challenging and friendly environment as well as for networking. Moreover, the forum promotes exchange with decision-makers. There will be an opportunity to discuss and reflect findings with invited entrepreneurs, family firm and hidden champion leaders.

There will be unique publishing opportunities for submitting authors, as papers nominated for one of the three best paper awards and competitively selected papers will be invited to submit to one of the two special issues (Journal of Family Business Strategy [Impact Factor: 3.2] and Zfw – German Journal of Economic Geography [Impact Factor: 0.8]) which are connected to the conference. Moreover, there will be the opportunity to discuss your work with the editors of the field’s leading journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Family Business Strategy and Management Review Quarterly.

The format has a developmental nature and welcomes submissions at later stages of work such as evolved drafts and full articles. The geography track also welcomes short drafts and ideas. The forum will only accept high quality scientific papers in its seven tracks, ensuring a family-like and stimulating atmosphere. The tracks are connected to various disciplines such as business studies, economics, sociology, psychology, geography and history. In addition to that, there will be two moderated panel discussions as keynote events; one with leading scholars and another with hidden champions.

Furthermore, there will be plenty of room to network digitally and social evening events including a digital escape room game and the broadcast of an e-sports friendly match that is held uniquely for the conference!

Important deadlines:
·         October 10th, 2020 – Deadline to respond to reviews and send a final revised version.
·         October 17th, 2020 – Conference registration deadline for authors whose papers are accepted for a presentation.
·         November 14th, 2020 – Conference registration deadline for non-author participants

For more detail on the calls of individual tracks, please click here.
For further questions please do not hesitate to contact the us !

We look forward to welcoming you digitally for this unique event in November!


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