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*International Family Enterprise Research Academy 2014 Annual Conference*

June 24-27, 2014

Lappeenranta, Finland

*"Co-operation Within and Amongst Family Businesses"*

*For details please visit

*Submission deadline: February 2, 2014*

The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) and the
Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland invite you to participate in
the 2014 IFERA Annual Conference (IFERA 2014). This global conference will
take place in Lappeenranta, Finland from June 24th to 27th, 2014.

The conference theme “Co-operation within and amongst family
businesses”<> calls
us to discuss about collective action within and between family and
business systems as well as amongst family businesses. The theme challenges
us to think about the core ideas, values and principles that help secure
efficient, effective, and sustainable co-operation amongst individuals and
entities in different family business contexts. We expect this to
contribute to a variety of established scholarly discussions within the
field, but also open previously ignored avenues for family business

The conference will be addressed by two outstanding scholars,
Professor *Michael
Pratt* (Boston College) and Professor *Theodore Greenstein* (North Carolina
State University), who will also participate in pre- and/or post-conference

Pre-conference activities feature IFERA 2014 Faculty Development and
Doctoral Consortiums <> that
contribute to the development of scholarly competencies of IFERA members
and also help the field realize its potential. In addition, a professional
development workshop (PDW) <> on
“Qualitative Research in Family Business” will be held on 24th June, 2014.

The conference concludes with IFERA Family Business Day, a forum for
interaction between business families and family business scholars. This is
the place where rigor meets relevance, engaging business families and
family business scholars in a synergistic conversation to promote mutual
understanding, appreciation, and utility.

Authors of the best papers, PhD and research proposals will be
distinguished with special awards. There will also be an opportunity for
all participants to submit their completed papers to IFERA 2014 Special
Issues in scientific journals.

Scholars in all disciplines and business families all over the globe, we
cordially invite you to take part in IFERA 2014 Annual Conference at LUT.
We look forward to welcoming you to Lappeenranta and having you engage in
cutting edge discussions on family business, while enjoying the Midnight

*Submission Guidelines*

Submission of your work to the conference is considered a commitment by the
authors that at least one author will attend and present the paper, in the
event it is accepted. We will notify all papers about their status (i.e.
accept/reject) by March 15.  However, reviews of the papers will only be
sent after at least one of the authors has registered for the conference.
Our system will conduct a sweep once a week, and deliver reviews to the
authors who have registered during the week. Registrations will only be
transferable among multiple authors of the same paper.

*Three scholarly submissions will be accepted:*

*Full Paper (FP)* is a submission of a finished product - an
*original* completed
research manuscript that is ready for peer review. FP submissions will be
assessed according to a double blind process with at least two reviewers.
Only FPs are eligible for Best Conference Paper Awards and if your
submission is under consideration for such, you will be required to declare
its originality.

*Work in Progress (WIP)* is a submission of a well-developed *original* idea
that is not yet completed. WIP submissions include at a minimum the
research question, preliminary literature review, conceptual/theoretical
framework, methodology (if relevant) and its contribution to theory and
practice. WIP submissions require a maximum of 7 pages; that is, 5 pages
for the body which can include charts, graphs, diagrams, etc. and up to 2
pages of references. WIP submissions will be evaluated for their potential
and promise according to a double blind process with at least two reviewers.

*Originality Defined*

IFERA conference will include only original, unpublished work for two
submission types: FP and WIP.If your submission (FP or WIP) is identical or
substantially similar to work that was already published; submitted, under
review, accepted or presented via another conference or publication, please
submit it under the following submission category of RD.

*Research Dissemination (RD)* is a submission of a manuscript that has
already been submitted, under review, accepted or presented at a different
forum such as a conference or a workshop or a manuscript that has already
been published by the authors but needs to be disseminated to the IFERAThe
purpose of RD submissions is to provide access to IFERA attendees to
research that may not have received a wide audience and yet holds promise
for the development of the field. RD submission has a maximum limit of 10
pages or 5000 words all inclusive.  RD submissions will be assessed by the
2014 Conference Team.


Noteworthy, contributions that address the conference theme in some
meaningful way will be considered for a Special Issue in a new Elsevier
journal, the Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management (JCOM*).

In addition, other best papers from the conference will be invited to
submit their work to a Special Issue of Journal of Family Business
Strategy, also an Elsevier journal and an IFERA partner.

*Submission Deadlines (No extension will be provided)*

February 2, 2014   -  All Main Conference Submissions; Full Papers (FP),
Work-in-Progress (WIP), Research Dissemination (RD)

March 13, 2014     - Notification of acceptance

All submissions will be accepted via our online submission system
starting December
1, 2013.

*Please check <> for

Ranjan Karri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management
College of Business and Management, UHB 4060
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza, Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: 217-206-7917
Fax: 217-206-7543
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