We are pleased to offer the following tracks in the conference:

Accounting & Taxation in Family Firms

The financial reporting of privately-held firms has traditionally been viewed as opaque (Burgstahler, et al., 2006) and prior research has pointed to high proprietary costs of disclosure (Bernard, et al., 2018).Even though market forces are creating reporting incentives for some of these firms to produce informative financial reports (Bassemir & Novotny-Farkas, 2018; Minnis, 2011; Allee & Yohn, 2009), recent disclosure regulation is increasingly targeting this market segment. . Download pdf.

Narratives and Topics of Sociology & Psychology in Entrepreneurship & Family Firms.

Part of being entrepreneurial is acting “as if” an imagined future will come true (Gartner, Bird and Starr 2016; Beckert 2016). Entrepreneurs thus envision future states and put these into economic actions. This includes telling a good story. Having a vision for one’s venture and being able to convince with that story helps in the process of recruiting financial and social capital (Downing 2005; Gartner 2007, 2010). Download pdf.

Digital Transformation and Entrepreneurship: Opportunities, Challenges, and Impacts.

The digital transformation creates new opportunities and is thereby becoming an increasingly important driver of novel and often disruptive innovation and value creation. Entrepreneurs are pursuing these opportunities by leveraging digital technologies to finance innovation (Ahrens et al. 2019, Audretsch et al. 2016) or create new digital products, services, and business models. Download pdf.

Strategy / M&A / JV&SA in Family Firms, Entrepreneurial Ventures and Hidden Champions

In the current business environment, where long-term growth rates in many economies trend downwards, firms are turning to M&As, joint ventures and strategic alliances to fuel growth, enter into new markets, gain legitimacy, obtain access to new, complement own resources, and cut costs. In this track, we aim to investigate how entrepreneurial ventures, family firms, and hidden champions address strategic initiatives such as M&As, joint ventures and strategic alliances as they organize themselves for the future. Download pdf.

Migrant and Refugee Entrepreneurship

New business ventures are key drivers of innovations, economic development, and welfare  (Elert, Henrekson, & Stenkula, 2017; Sternberg, Wallisch, Gorynia-Pfeffer, Bloh, & Baharian, 2019). Further, global migration and the resulting shifts in the demographics of the countries of residence increases cultural diversity ( Vertovec, 2019) and the number of people who bring new ideas and creativity to immigrant business ownership – or the need to enter am institutionalized labor market.  Download pdf.

Family Firms and Geography – Sustainable Regional and Urban Development and Topics of Internationalization

This track aims to open up a profound debate on this often neglected topic by collecting diverse work on family businesses and their spatialities. It addresses the peculiarities of family firms and their recursive relationships with spaces (e.g., locations, places, landscapes) and scales (e.g., local, regional, national, global). Other spatial manifestations such as (social) contexts, (political) territories, (ecologic) environment or spatial typologies (e.g. urban and peripheral) are also conceivable. Download pdf.

General Track: Family Firms & Entrepreneurship

This is a general track dedicated to entrepreneurial ventures and family firms that are globally the most frequent firm types (La Porta, Lopez-De-Silanes, & Shleifer, 1999; Faccio & Lang, 2002). Their contributions to growth, innovation, economic resilience and longevity are substantial to the success of the global economy, making them a pillar for sustainable prosperity and development. Download pdf.