CALL FOR EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS IS NOW CLOSED
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
Hyatt Regency Capitol
Program Committee: Andrew Hier, co-chair Cambridge Advisors
to Family Enterprise
Maya Prabhu, co-chair The
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
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
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
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:
- 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.