Dear all,

on behalf of the organizers - I would like to turn your attention upon 
the following conference
in Mannheim (Germany) in May 2020 that might be of interest for some of 

For more information - see the following links or below

Happy New Year,


Dear colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to join us at the biennial conference 
6th International Research Forum on Mittelstand – ‘Exploring 
Entrepreneurial Ventures, Family Firms, and Hidden Champions’ which will 
be held at the Castle of the University of Mannheim, Germany, in May 
24th/26th 2020.

In its sixth edition, the conference aims to serve as a distinguished 
platform for developing academic articles in a structured, stimulating, 
challenging and friendly environment as well as for networking. This 
time we are at the wonderful location of Mannheim that is situated near 
the famous German Wine Road where wine is cultivated since Roman times 
as it is one of the warmest and sunniest regions of Germany.

The University of Mannheim is located in the world’s second largest 
baroque castle after the Palace of Versailles. Moreover, the forum 
promotes exchange with decision-makers. There will be an opportunity to 
discuss and reflect findings with invited entrepreneurs, family firm and 
hidden champion leaders.

There will be unique publishing opportunities for submitting authors, as 
papers nominated for one of the three best paper awards and 
competitively selected papers will be invited to submit to one of the 
two special issues (Journal of Family Business Strategy [Impact Factor: 
3.2] and The German Journal of Economic Geography [Impact Factor: 0.8]) 
which are connected to the conference. Moreover, there will be the 
opportunity to discuss your work with the editors of the field’s leading 
journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic 
Management Journal, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Management 
Review Quarterly.

The format has a developmental nature and welcomes submissions at later 
stages of work such as evolved drafts and full articles. The geography 
track also welcomes short drafts and ideas. The forum will only accept 
high quality scientific papers in its seven tracks (you can find the 
calls for papers attached), ensuring a family-like and stimulating 
atmosphere. The tracks are connected to various disciplines such as 
business studies, economics, sociology, psychology, geography and 
history. In addition to that, there will be two moderated panel 
discussions as keynote events; one with leading scholars and another 
with hidden champions.

The conference will include five social events and one social night 
event including a live rock band show. Conference fees will be kept at 
minimum beyond excellent food and locations. Moreover, we aim to be an 
inclusive and international conference and facilitate child-care at the 

Important deadlines:

·         January 25th, 2020 – Submission (blind-review) deadline.
·         February 25th, 2020 – Notification of acceptance participants 
and review feedback.
·         April 25th, 2020 – Deadline to respond to reviews and send a 
final revised version.

Please visit the conference website 
( for further 
information as well as to submit your paper and to register. You can 
follow the updates under the Research Gate project as well 

For further questions please do not hesitate to contact us !

In any case we would like to wish you a merry Christmas and a relaxing 
winter holiday. We look forward to welcoming you in Mannheim for this 
unique event next spring!

The Organizing Committee
Jan-Philipp Ahrens
Baris Istipliler
Michael Woywode


Prof. Dr. Lech Suwala
Professor in Urban and Regional Economics
Technische Universität Berlin
Institut für Stadt-und Regionalplanung
Hardenbergstr.40A / Sekr. B4 / Raum 208
10623 Berlin
Tel.       +49 30 314 28088
Tel. Sekr. +49 30 314 28089
Fax.       +49 30 314 28150

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