33rd Annual International Conference - Register for Extensions

Featured Panelists

picture of Ruth Aguilera Ruth Aguilera Northeastern University

picture of Joseph Astrachan Joseph Astrachan Kennesaw State University

picture of Garry Bruton Garry Bruton Texas Christian University

picture of Justin Craig Justin Craig Northeastern University

picture of Clay Dibrell Clay Dibrell University of Mississippi

picture of Kimberly Eddleston Kimberly Eddleston Northeastern University

picture of Steven Floyd Steven Floyd University of Massachusetts Amherst

picture of Michael A. Hitt Michael A. Hitt Texas A&M University and TCU

picture of Duane Ireland Duane Ireland Texas A&M University

picture of Franz Kellermanns Franz Kellermanns University of North Carolina at Charlotte

picture of Danny Miller Danny Miller HEC-Montréal

picture of Isabelle Le Breton-Miller Isabelle Le Breton-Miller HEC-Montréal

picture of David Reeb David Reeb National University of Singapore

picture of Anja Tuschke Anja Tuschke University of Munich

picture of Justin Webb Justin Webb University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Extension 4: Atlanta, GA
Wednesday, October 2, 2013




picture of Sanjay Goel Sanjay Goel University of Minnesota Duluth

picture of Torsten Pieper Torsten Pieper Kennesaw State University

picture of Rajaram Veliyath Rajaram Veliyath Kennesaw State University

Sponsors and Supporters:

Family businesses represent the vast majority of all companies around the world. Even among the largest corporations, over 30% of Fortune 500 firms are controlled by families. Current research on family business spans all SMS interest groups – e.g. Business and Corporate Strategy, Governance, Entrepreneurship, Global Strategy, Practice of Strategy. Many key strategy scholars affiliated with the SMS converse with the family business research audience in a variety of forums. Family business offers a distinct context in which to test the robustness of strategy theories and models. It also enables strategy to broaden its horizons and add complexities and nuances from theories of family studies.

This event at Kennesaw State University will bring together a panel of distinct scholars of various perspectives and experiences as well as prominent researchers interested in strategy and family business. This extension pursues two main objectives: First, to discuss and develop topical and future research avenues at the intersection of strategic management and family business. Second, to enable networking and spur the exchange of ideas and experiences about and beyond the extension theme.

Family businesses sit at the intersection of commerce and family, and as such have unique characteristics, opportunities and threats. These distinctive elements, from their different managerial behavior, to leveraging the family name, are all strategic issues that we seek to address during this workshop. Interesting questions that may be discussed are for instance:

  1. Why do some family businesses survive and thrive while so many others fail?
  2. What are the strategic implications of taking a survival versus a growth orientation?
  3. Are there any characteristics of family involvement that foster or inhibit longevity?
  4. What resources are characteristic of family business?
  5. How do families as owners and managers decide on appropriate resource mixes to pursue family and business strategies?
  6. Do families tend to have slack resources or is the mix of resources efficient?
  7. How and when do family business specific resources translate into competitive capabilities and a competitive advantage in the marketplace?
  8. Through which processes does the family create resources to the business and the business to the family?
  9. When do family history, name, legacy and image help or hinder successful strategy and strategic implementation?
  10. How does family structure affect the choice for and success of a particular strategy?
  11. Does family size or ownership concentration affect strategic choice?
  12. What are the family inherent issues in selecting acquisitions as a growth strategy and are there differences in integrations strategies based on family values and dynamics?
  13. Can we use traditional financial performance measures in studying family businesses? If not, how can we develop self-referential measures of performance that lead to a greater understanding of family business behavior and long-term survival?
  14. If families determine their own performance matrix, how do they define it, what does it consist of, and how can we measure it?
  15. Is family business performance predictable or idiosyncratic? And if so, how can we make it measureable?

Please note that this extension is limited to 50 participants and that seats will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

About the Host Institution:

Kennesaw State University (KSU), enrolling over 24,500 students from more than 130 countries, is located on 200+ picturesque acres in suburban Atlanta. As third-largest university in the State of Georgia, KSU offers 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. The Michael J. Coles College of Business at KSU is the second largest business school in Georgia and regarded as one of the top schools in the Southeast. The Coles College offers 12 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including an internationally ranked Executive MBA and Doctor of Business Administration. Housed within the Coles College of Business, the Cox Family Enterprise Center is one of the World’s leading academic centers in the field of family business. Dedicated to the study, education, and recognition of family businesses since 1987, the Center supports and guides family businesses through its innovative programming, outreach activities, and scientific research. The Center is also the editorial home of the Journal of Family Business Strategy, a leading publication in the field of family business.

Atlanta Workshop Program (please note this is tentative and subject to change):

Atlanta Workshop Program

8:00 am
Departure from Omni Hotel
9:00 am
Arrival at Kennesaw State University
9:15 am
Coffee and Refreshments
9:30 am
Welcome and Introductions
10:00 am
Panel Discussion 1
11:00 am
Refreshment Break
11:15 am
Breakout Sessions
12:00 pm
Debriefing from Breakouts
12:30 pm
2:00 pm
Panel Discussion 2
3:00 pm
Refreshment Break
3.15 pm
Breakout Sessions
4.00 pm
Debriefing from Breakouts
4:30 pm
5:30 pm
Reception and Dinner with Practitioners

Publication Opportunity:

There will be a special issue from this workshop in the Journal of Family Business Strategy. Further details will be announced during the extension workshop.

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