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Decisions regarding the program will be made in early March. Notifications will be sent via email. 

Family Enterprise: Complexities, Constituencies, and Constellations

October 8–11, 2014 in WASHINGTON, D.C.

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Program Committee: Andrew Hier, co-chair Cambridge Advisors to Family Enterprise
Maya Prabhu, co-chair The Coutts Institute
Justin Craig Northeastern University
Ramia El-Agamy Tharawat Magazine
David Gage BMC Associates, LLC

The Family Firm Institute (FFI) is pleased to announce a call for educational sessions for its 2014 Global Conference, entitled Family Enterprise: Complexities, Constituencies, and Constellations.

This year the conference — which annually brings together contributions from prominent keynote speakers, professionals, educators, researchers, and family business owners from throughout the world — will address the problems of complexity, the power of constituencies, and the constellation of socio-cultural forces exerting themselves across the field of family enterprise.

This year’s program committee seeks proposals in the following areas:

Complexity: Complexity is generally considered a hallmark of family enterprises. Complex systems imply multiple components, variables and interconnectedness, which typically cause changes to ripple throughout the system. In the intersection of family and business complex financial, familial, and organizational dynamics inevitably arise. Many believe they understand this complexity and how to prevent its complications. But this prompts the question of whether or not complications should or can be prevented. Is our understanding of complexity based on myth or research? Or conversely is complexity really a radical problem demanding a radical solution?

Proposals that address the complexity in family enterprises from multidisciplinary and global perspectives are especially encouraged.

Constituencies: In the broadest sense, constituencies are groups or bodies that are involved in, patronize, support, represent or are served by an organization or institution. Family enterprise systems have constituencies both inside and outside their system. In consideration of our 2014 host city, Washington D.C., we will explore the many and often heterogeneous constituencies operating in the field of family enterprise and the range of issues that unify — and sometimes divide — those constituencies.

Proposals addressing leadership, stakeholders, governmental agencies, diversity, and accountability are appropriate for this category. Proposals focusing on public policy are especially encouraged.

Constellations: Constellations are the connections among the discrete components of a system. Family enterprise is a global field of research and practice. Understanding the various configurations and interrelations — or constellations — of cultures, customs, country parameters, regional perspectives and values in which family enterprise researchers and practitioners are embedded is crucial to working successfully in the field of family enterprise. What can we learn from comparing and contrasting?

Proposals that discuss contemporary constellations in the family enterprise, research, and practice, as well as the points of connection among these domains, are encouraged. Proposals including presenters from different countries are especially welcome.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 20 January 2014. LATE PROPOSALS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

All proposals must be submitted electronically using the online submission form available here. Submissions are now closed. 

Proposals may be submitted for presentation at the Main Conference and/or the Research & Education Symposium that immediately follows the Main Conference.

Main Conference presentations are allotted 90 minutes.
Research & Education Symposium presentations are allotted 30 minutes.

Proposals must include the following:

  • Title
  • Presenter(s)
  • Abstract (300 words maximum)
  • Summary description of presentation suitable for publication in the conference program (50 words maximum)
  • Type of presentation (Main Conference/90 minutes or Research & Education Symposium/30 minutes)
  • Presentation learning outcomes
  • Presenter(s) bio suitable for publication in the conference program (50 words maximum)
  • All conference presenters must be paid registrants at the conference and are expected to participate broadly, as the overarching goal of FFI conferences is to foster a community committed to the exchange of ideas in the field of family enterprise.

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