Spring 2019

Spring 2019

This Issue's Highlights
  • STEP Survey Update
  • New STEP Initiatives
  • Kevin Au's Publication
  • STEP Best Paper Awarded at IFBRF
  • Asia-Pacific Collaboration & Case Series
  • New STEP Publication
  • New DCU Video Series
  • ISB's 'Business Briefs'
  • STEP Region updates
  • Join STEP Membership
  • Calls for Papers



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Volume 11, Issue 2
Congratulations to the 48 STEP teams from 37 countries that contributed over 1800 completed surveys to the STEP quantitative data set from business families around the world! The STEP survey, studying the impact of changing demographics on succession and governance in family business, officially closed on March 31, 2019.

Always a hard working, collaborative community, the STEP teams worked tirelessly and the results exceeded our goals! Many thanks to our community of exceptional scholars for their enormous efforts and remarkable achievement. Read more here .

What is next? STEP will release a preliminary report of the analysis of the data in late May 2019. A more comprehensive global report will follow. Stay tuned!
New STEP Initiatives Tied to Global Conferences
We are pleased to announce STEP's new initiatives at multiple international conferences, with special thanks to Andrea Calabro, STEP Global Academic Director and Ilse Matser , STEP Global Board Chair, for their coordination of these collaborative efforts.

STEP is proud to partner with many international conferences to provide sponsorship for their event and best paper awards  Congratulations to our first recipient, Ellen Janssen, awarded best paper at IFBRF conference (more details below).

Our next initiative coming up is tied to EIASM Family Firm Workshop . Our hard working STEP colleagues at Audencia Business School are hosting EIASM May 23-25 and will hold a EU STEP meeting prior to the conference May 22-23. STEP is also a proud sponsor of a best paper award at EIASM!  

More STEP awards and sponsored events will follow at FERC, IFERA and AoM! For more details, c heck the news release here.
To learn more about STEP's new Awards and Sponsorship initiatives, please click here .
Kevin Au's Editorial for Special Section of
Cross-Cultural and Strategic Management

Congratulations to STEP member Professor Kevin Au , co-founder and current Director of Chinese University of Hong Kong Center for Entrepreneurship, for his recently published editorial for the special section in the Cross-Cultural and Strategic Management (CCSM) Journal called Transgenerational Entrepreneurship in the Global World.
UHasselt's Ellen Janssen Awarded IFBRF STEP Best Paper Award
We are pleased to announce that Ellen Janssen , PhD student, Hasselt University in Belgium, was the recipient of the STEP Best Paper Award! The STEP project is proud to support and recognize Ellen Janssen’s work titled: " Ownership succession financing and entrepreneurial orientation: the mediating role of long-term orientation", co-authored by E. Janssen, S. Vandemaele, M. Vancauteren, and W. Voordeckers. Congratulations!
Pictured above: Prof. Mariateresa Torchia (host International Univ. of Monaco), Ellen Ja nssen (award winner), and Prof. Andrea Calabr Ò (STEP Gl obal Academic Director)  
Asia Pacific STEP Teams Collaborate & Launch Case Series
We are pleased to share a collaboration between STEP members of the Business Families Institute at Singapore Management University and Bangkok University’s School of Entrepreneurship and Management. STEP team leaders, Annie Koh (SMU) and Suchart Tripopsakul (Bangkok) led the initiative and launched a case study titled "Growing in Unity – The Luangamornlert Family’s Ride Through Challenges", in Bangkok.
Socialization Processes in
Transgenerational Family Firms
We are excited to announce a new article published with STEP data in the Family Business Review journal called "Socialization Processes in Transgenerational Family Firms”. Congratulations to the co-authors of this new article: Zografia Bika,  University of East Anglia, Norwich Business School; Peter J. Rosa , University of Edinburgh; and Fahri Karakas , University of East Anglia, Norwich Business School.  Please click here for full text.
DCU Releases Series of Video Lessons on
Key Family Business Topics

Dublin City University (DCU) National Centre for Family Business has released a spectacular series of videos from global thought leaders through their website beginning in May this year. The Family Business Lessons Series is led by Professor Justin Craig, Northwestern University. The Video Insights Series is led by STEP members, Professors Candida Brush and Bill Gartner from Babson College.
ISB Announces 'Family Business Briefs'
STEP member Kavil Ramachandran, PhD (pictured right) , Professor & Executive Director of the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at Indian School of Business has released 'Family Business Briefs ' in the Centre's recent newsletter.
The brief contains some thought-provoking ideas, facts and figures about family businesses and has the following sections:
  • Summaries of research articles with practical implications on Successor Socialization Process, Selective Conformity and Familiness Effects on Innovation
  • Summary of a published family business case on Touchdown Footwear
  • Inspirations from the life of Walchand Hirachand Doshi
  • Interesting insights on Nalli Group of Companies
  • Infographic on CSR Spending by Indian Family and Non-Family Firms

in your Region

Asia Pacific (AP)
We welcome our newest Board member for 2019 from the AP Region, Ling Chen , from Zhejiang University, China.

Europe (EU)
Upcoming EU STEP meeting will be held May 23-24, 2019 in conjunction with EIASM conference in Nantes, France. For Program click here .

Latin America (LA)
Yeny Rodriguez, LA Research Champion is hosting a STEP LA meeting on May 29, 2019 prior to FERC at UVM Vermont. LA STEP members can opt to attend in person or virtually. For details contact Yeny Rodriguez . In addition, STEP will host a Global Academic meeting May 30, 2019 at UVM prior to FERC. For information and program details click here .

Luis Diaz Matajira (UniAndes) is working with Eric Clinton (DCU) on the organizing committee for FERC and invites all scholars to join a esteemed group of academics registered for FERC at UVM i n Vermont on May 30-June 2, 2019. A STEP award for best paper will be presented at FERC.

North America (NA)
Going to the Academy of Management (AoM) Annual Meeting in Boston this year? Be sure to join us at our STEP Social at AoM in Boston August 12, 2019 from 6-9 pm. More details click here .
Join the STEP Project!
Families are the dominant form of business organization worldwide—they play a leading role in the social and economic wealth creation of communities and countries. To achieve continued growth and continuity, they must pass on the e ntrepreneurial mindsets and capabilities that enable them to create new streams of wealth across many generations —not just pass a business from one generation to the next. We refer to this practice as transgenerational entrepreneurship.

Over 175 leading academics and business families from around the world have joined as partners of the STEP Project to explore Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices. STEP is accepting applications for interested Universities and scholars!
To learn more about

Download STEP membership benefits flyer HERE !

Download the STEP Membership Guide HERE ! .
Why is STEP Valuable to You?

"From a professional perspective, it has not only given me access to data for scholarly research, but access to a global and diverse community of scholars, with whom I’ve found different ways to collaborate with.
From a school’s perspective , the project gives its faculty resources for research, outreach opportunities for its own family business community and contributes to its positioning and branding. After all this time, I can only say that my engagement and commitment evolves and grows as much as STEP itself, as a unique global research network."   

-- Ana Gonzalez, STEP member for 12 years,
Assistant Professor of Management;
Director, Family Owned Business Institute,
Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA
Calls for Papers
Adalberto Viesca Sada Award
Center of Family Enterprises of
Universidad de Monterrey

We invite you to submit your research about family firms in Latin America to be considered for the Adalberto Viesca Sada Award. This honor is given by the Center of Family Enterprises from Universidad de Monterrey in Mexico.

This award seeks to encourage the study of the Latin American Family Business through research works that contribute to the generation of knowledge and support strategies for business families in this region.
You can also participate with academic work that is contemplating to be submitted soon to an academic journal, and with papers that have been admitted but not yet published.

Submission deadline: August 31,  2019
Winner Announcement: October 29, 2019
Award Ceremony: November 28, 2019

Full call  here
JPIM  Annual Research Forum
Product Development and
Management Association

The 2019 Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM) Annual Research Forum, powered by the Product Development and Management Association ( PDMA ), seeks paper and poster submissions from scholars from all disciplines who share a common interest in new product development and innovation management.

The conference will offer networking opportunities with innovation scholars, practitioners, the JPIM’s new Editorial Team and the PDMA community. Full papers, special topics proposals and early stage work are all welcome.

Submission deadline: June 1st,  2019
Results Notifications: July 31, 2019

Full call here