Following ISBE 2017: Family & Community Business

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Reflections from Family & Community Business track chair,
Professor Claire Seaman

Where Do the Borders Lie in Family and Community Business?

This may be a simple question, but the answer remains complex and reflects in many ways the heterogeneity of family and community businesses. During the course of ISBE 2017, we heard from the research community about geographic borders, borders between family-members and non-family-members, borders between individuals and borders between family members in business and their advisors.

Family and community businesses are a heterogeneous group and a theme like ‘borders’ allows a wider variety of perspectives to be drawn out and developed.

ISBE is a conference that goes from strength to strength each year and 2017 was no exception. Amongst a range of high quality papers presented, journal sessions and an AGM for ISBE itself, the team saw a highly successful Family and Community Business track complete long with the launch of a Special Interest Group for Family Business (#FamBizSIG).

One person who deserves special mention is Dr Angela Carradus, whose paper on ‘Understanding the role of relational competency in copreneurial business through a gender perspective’ won both the best paper in track for the Family and Community Business Track and also the conference prize for the best paper from an Early Career Researcher. Many congratulations to Angela & we look forward to developments in the Family Business SIG during 2017-18.

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