Welcome from the Program Chairs


Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to chair the conference program of IFERA 2017 Annual Conference at Zadar, Croatia. The beautiful city of Zadar is an historic old town with Roman ruins, medieval churches and Venetian taste on a small peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. We welcome scholars in all disciplines to engage in the conversation of family business research. 

The conference theme “Locality and internationalization of Family Business” is central to several family firms often torn between their local roots and their desire and need for internationalization. We invite scholars to discuss the paradox faced by these family companies of being deeply rooted to the origins, tradition and local communities, while, at the same time, exploiting international opportunities in the global marketplace to stay competitive. 

The conference will be addressed by two outstanding scholars, Professor Paul Beamish, Canada Research Chair in International Business at Ivey Business School (Western University, Canada), and Professor Johan Wiklund Al Berg Endowed Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Whitman School of Management (Syracuse University, USA), who will share their outlook on the conference theme.

Pre-conference activities feature IFERA 2017 Faculty Development and Doctoral Consortiums chaired by Claudia Binz Astrachan. The Doctoral Consortium is designed as an interactive and educational event for doctoral students planning to pursue a career of scholarship in the family business field. While the Faculty Development Consortium offers opportunities for new and experienced faculty to develop their careers and skills.

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.

Family business research is a truly multi-disciplinary, creative, rigorous, reflexive, and critical community. Let’s discover once again the pleasure of discussing between good friends the topics we love in a relaxed environment. Moreover, Zadar is amazing in June! 

Best wishes, and see you soon!


Joern Block and Massimo Baù

IFERA 2017 Program Chairs