FERA Research Development Workshop
Advancing Gender Diversity Research in Family Business. A Journey across Disciplines
University of Brescia, in Brescia, Italy on April 20-21, 2020.
Submission deadline for full papers, work-in-progress or extended abstracts is February 24, 2020.
Although gender diversity allows businesses to reduce conflict and improve performance, women still lag behind men in key strategic decision making positions. Families are in a unique position to promote greater gender equality in their businesses, thanks to early involvement of future business leaders, strong focus on values, and influence on governance structures – which can encourage a change in priorities and mindset. This workshop will provide in-depth discussion of original research papers, including work-in-progress, focusing on different theoretical and empirical approaches to gender diversity and women’s involvement in family businesses. We welcome multi-disciplinary perspectives to further develop this research area. As well as a Keynote Speech, the RDW will include an “Academics Meet Practitioners” panel with experts on the topic from entrepreneurship, corporate governance, sociology and law, as well as from practice (e.g. family business owners and representatives from industrial associations) to inspire our conversation (details will follow).
We will have two distinguished keynote speakers:
David Audretsch, Indiana University, USA: "Family Business and Democracy"
Rania Labaki, EDHEC Business School, France: "From shadow to spotlight: Towards an emotions perspective on gender in family business"
(please check for regular updates including the upcoming Call for submissions and for our Special Issues)
We look forward to seeing you in Brescia!
Mariasole Bannò, PhD, University of Brescia, Italy
Giorgia M. D'Allura, PhD, University of Catania, Italy
Alexandra Dawson, PhD, Concordia University, Canada
Mariateresa Torchia, PhD, International University of Monaco, Principality of Monaco