September 13, 2017
The Professional Development Workshop (PDW) for Family Entrepreneurship was held on August 5, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Academy of Management (AOM). Many thanks to organizers of the event, STEP members: Kathleen Randerson, Audencia Business School, France; Clay Dibrell, University of Mississipi, USA; Cristina Bettinelli, Universty of Bergamo, Italy; and Céline Barrédy, University of Paris Nanterre, France.
The aim of the PDW was to bridge the different communities dedicated to family entrepreneurship, including the STEP community, that attended the PDW. Through the PechaKucha style presentation, attendees had the chance to get a synthetic view of the specificities of each community in terms of research questions, preferred methods, yearly events, relationships with a specific journal, how to join, etc. The communities represented were associations of researcher and practitioners (STEP Project, EURAM, FERC, SMS, IFERA, USASBE, EIASM, ECSB, eixchange.com) and Family Entrepreneurship research outlets (FBR, JFBS, JFBM, SEJ, JOM, ETP, JBV, SBE, ERD, IJEBR, ISBJ). The discussion was moderated by Alfredo de Massis and Joshua Daspit.
The discussion showed that many communities share the same interest on family entrepreneurship. The event offered a large variety in terms of geographical localization (North America, Europe, South America, Asia), and allowed different participants to meet each other (senior researchers, doctoral students, practitioners, etc.). The variety of attendees and perspectives contributed to the richness of the topics and discussions.
Finally, the PDW showed the necessity to increase the sharing between all those communities and how useful it is to share information and continue with events to build the Family Entrepreneurship Community.