July 9, 2019
STEP was a proud sponsor of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) Conference and co-hosted a Welcome Reception for all conference attendees. The conference was held in Bergamo, Italy on June 17-21, 2019.
In addition, STEP awarded a BEST PAPER award at IFERA to recognize early stage researchers who are investigating entrepreneurship in multi-generational family firms. We send a warm congratulations to the recipients of this award, co-authors Cinzia Dessì and Michela Floris, from the Department of Business and Economics, University of Cagliari for their paper titled: ENTREPRENEURSHIP ORIENTATION IN FAMILY FIRMS. AN EXPLORATORY STUDY. Each will receive a $250 prize plus a complimentary registration for next STEP Global Conference!
Paper Abstract: Entrepreneurship orientation is critical to the growth, survival, and profitability of family businesses. Listening to the voices of 30 family firm owner-managers through 60 interviews and building on the assumptions of the Psychological Ownership Theory, this exploratory study uses a qualitative method, through an inductive and interpretivist approach, with the aim to show the different entrepreneurial orientations in family firms. The theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
Congratulations to both of these outstanding scholars for their excellent academic research and for their achievement of STEP Best Paper Award!