Welcome from the Program Chairs

 

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to host IFERA 2013 Annual Conference at the Center for Family Business, University of St.Gallen. The picturesque city of St.Gallen is a UNESCO world heritage site, surrounded by the beautiful Lake Constance and the Alps. We welcome scholars in all disciplnes to engage in the conversation of family business research in charming city of St. Gallen.

The conference theme “Ownership, Governance and Value in Family Firms” is central to several family business scholars, while the topics of ownership and governance are addressed in multiple academic arenas in the business discipline.  We hope to seek new insights into the distinct relationships between ownership forms, governance structures and value creation in family businesses.

The conference will be addressed by two outstanding scholars, Professor Ruth Aguilera, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Professor Bob Hoskisson, Rice University, who will share their outlook on the conference theme.

Pre-conference activities feature IFERA 2013 Faculty Development and Doctoral Consortiums.  The conference concludes with IFERA Family Business Day, a forum for interaction between business families and family business scholars.

"IFERA Family Business Day" aims to engage business families and family business scholars in a synergistics conversation to promote an appreciation of research and enhance the relevance of academic research.

Authors of the best papers, PhD and research proposals will be distinguished with special awards and will be invited to submit their papers to special journal issues. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit and learn about the beautiful city of St.Gallen, its UNESCO heritage site, and its beautiful surroundings.

We cordially invite you to take part in IFERA 2013 annual conference and look forward to welcoming you in Switzerland!

Best wishes, and see you soon!

 

 Thomas Zellweger and Wim Voordeckers

 IFERA 2013 Program Chairs

 

IFERA - International Family Enterprise Research Academy

c/o College of Business and Management

University of Illinois Springfield

1 University Plaza, UHB4060

Springfield, IL 62711

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