Conference theme

The Conference invites papers that speak directly to the selected conference theme of “Narratives in Family Business”.

In addition, we invite papers on all aspects of family business research, including but not limited to succession, leadership and governance, entrepreneurship, strategy, family relationships, emotions, family psychology and sociology, economics, finance, and accounting, as well as issues that lie at the intersection of these and other interrelated disciplines. All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome as we advance the field in a truly multi-disciplinary, creative, rigorous, reflexive, and critical fashion.

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IFERA2016 program starts off with an enriching pre-conference program for doctoral students, junior faculty as well as those interested in attending a professional development workshop. This is followed by a two day academic program feauturing paper presentations, discussion sessions and poster sessions. The last day of the conference invites academics to interact with family businesses in the IFERA2016 Family Business Day. This is the chance for academics to learn new insights from the field and also bounce off their concepual ideas in engaging conversations with family business leaders and members.

Detailed program - please click here.

ZICA Virus Concerns

For those interested in attending the IFERA conference in Bogota Colombia who are concerned with the ZICA virus we wanted to explain that Bogotá is not a high risk area for the virus to develop. Bogota is located at an altitude of 2600 meters (8530 feet) above sea level and the virus has primarily been in areas that are below 2200 meters (7217 foots) above the sea level.

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IFERA 2016 Best Published Paper from IFERA Event Award

International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA)


The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) is dedicated to facilitating and promoting the advancement of family business research by encouraging scholarly and rigorous research practices derived from all accepted methods of inquiry and philosophical traditions. This award aims to acknowledge and honour published research that emerged from an IFERA event and had had the most impact on the advancing the family business field. 


3000 € award sponsored by IFERA


Authors of articles published in academic journals between the period 2007 and 2012 can be nominated.  Self-nominations are welcome.  A three year minimum is in place to help the jury assess the trajectory of impact of the article.  Further, the nominated article must have been presented in an IFERA event, and the published article must have an acknowledgment to this effect.


Before the deadline of April 30, 2016, go to complete the submission process.  Please make sure that you have the following ready because they are required before you can complete the submission process in form of one page document indicating:

  • Full citation of the article to be nominated
  • Abstract of article
  • IFERA event in which the nominated article was first presented
  • Statement of application discussing merits of application – impact and influence of the article on the field.

You can also find links for online submission at .  No email or hard copies will be accepted.


Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

    1. Quality of the publication
    2. Adherence to the best practices of the research philosophy and tradition employed
    3. Significance, impact, and contributions of the publication to the family business field, and other related fields