International Conference on
Entrepreneurship, Family Firms and Economic Development
Krakow, Poland (CUE campus)
APRIL 27-28, 2012
_ Cracow University of Economics (CUE) - Krakow - Poland
_ Universitā Politecnica delle Marche – Faculty of Economics “Giorgio Fuā” – Ancona - Italy
_ ECSB – European Council for Small Business
_ ICSB – International Council for Small Business
Entrepreneurship is a necessary condition for economic growth and development. Modern states
converge in treating entrepreneurship as a key economic resource. But entrepreneurship is
especially important in the period of structural change and changing global division of labor.
As different parts of the world are experiencing dramatic changes from economic fluctuations,
government revolutions, technological innovations, and generational transitions, what is the new
role of SMEs and Family Firms in sustaining entrepreneurship and economic development?
Family firms are an economic phenomenon persisting along time and across regions. Their growth is
essential to the increase of economic productivity and an overall economic improvement. Their
sustainability is crucial as well, as long-lasting family businesses are a key component of long term
development of local economies. Enterprises often start from an entrepreneurial idea of an
individual, but then continue as family businesses. Hence, the conference links these two issues.
The organizers have designed the conference as a meeting point to discuss past, present and future
tendencies with regard to entrepreneurship and family firms and their impact on economic
development. It welcomes authors who link SMEs research with family firm and entrepreneurship
• The concept and determinants of entrepreneurship in modern economies;
• The relations between entrepreneurship and family firms;
• The advantages and disadvantages of family as a vehicle for firms’ creation;
• The barriers to the growth of family firms;
• The similarities and differences between family firms and SMEs;
• Comparative advantages and disadvantages of family firms;
• The impact of family firms on local development
• The spatial dimension of entrepreneurship;
• Sustainability issues in family firms;
• International migration and family firms;
• Governance challenges of family firms;
• Family business groups: emergence and prospects;
• Various research approaches to study family firms’ growth and development;
· The Impact of the Business Environment on the Family Firms;
• Public policy and the growth of family firms.
The conference fee amounts to Euro 180. The fee is discounted for participants from Central Eastern
Europe and developing countries to Euro 80 and to euro 50 for PhD students The fee includes
membership to ECSB and ICSB (please visit the ECSB and ICSB websites to find the list of benefits for
members). The participants have to cover accommodation and travel expenses on their own.
_ Abstracts of up to 4000 signs accepted by 31 January 2012.
_ Paper selection notification by February 15, 2011.
_ Deadline for Full Papers: March 15, 2012.
Best papers will be invited to submit to JSBM - Journal of Small Business Management special issue
on family firms edited by Alan Carsrud and Marco Cucculelli. We also offer the opportunity to publish
selected papers in an edited book and in a special issue of EM – Journal of Applied Economics.
Contact: Prof. Aleksander Surdej [log in to unmask]
Conference Website: http://www.familybusiness.org.pl/