The Academic Conference Day - May 11, 2017 - EDHEC Lille

The Family Business Academic Research Day aims at research presentations on the intersection of emotions and history to lay down the state of the art on the topic and build basis for advancing research in the field. Academic keynotes from renowned experts in different fields will inspire the varied research community and practitioners interested in family business.


  • 9.30 AM - 10.30 AM: Welcome and registration (EDHEC Campus Lille)
  • 10.30 AM - 11.00 AM: Welcome speech
  • 11.00 AM - 12.00 PM: Opening Academic Keynote Professor Andrea Colli, Bocconi University (Italy)
  • 12.00 PM - 1.00 PM: Lunch Break
  • 1.00 PM - 2.15 PM: Parallel sessions I – Academic presentations
  • 2.15 PM - 2.30 PM: Coffee Break
  • 2.30 PM - 3.45 PM: Parallel sessions II – Academic presentations
  • 3.45 PM - 4.15 PM: Coffee Break
  • 4.15 PM - 5.30 PM: Parallel sessions III – Academic presentations
  • 5.30 PM - 6.00 PM: Wrapping up with academic reflections
  • 6.30 PM: Departure to Villa Cavrois
  • 6.45 PM - 10 PM: Visit of Villa Cavrois and dinner

An architectural manifesto, Villa Cavrois, the work of the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, a figure of the modernist school, was designed and built in Croix between 1929 and 1932 for Paul Cavrois, a textile industrialist from Northern France, and his family. Discover more about this visit in our LinkedIn post

Detailed Programme - Parallel Sessions
Authors Affiliation Paper Title Session
Popp, Andrew, Smith Andrew, & Wong Nick University of Liverpool Faith as Emotion: Religion, Narratives and the Family Firm  A1
Michael-Tsabari, Nava Tel Aviv University Family firms as emotional organizations: measuring Bounded Emotionality among non-family employees A1
Hannachi, Mariem & Didier, Chabaud ESSCA École de management; IAE de Paris, Sorbonne Graduate Business School The Strategic Renewal of a Multigenerational Family Business: The Historical Approach’s Contributions A2
Riot, Elen University of Reims The Unique Sparkle of Champagne Houses: Family Business, Brand Totems and the Role of Emotions A2
Nakaoka, Shunsuke Kokushikan University The First Globalization, its Impacts and the Ownership and Managerial Reforms of Japanese Family Businesses – the Case of Mitsui Families A2
Discua Cruz, Allan Lancaster University

That does not fit with how we feel!: Understanding CSR engagement by a family in business through narrative research.

Ronchi, Veronica Università degli Studi di Milano Mascioni: An Organ Firm with a Family Nature B1
Evans, Bruno University Toulouse Jean Jaures From Unity to Division: How Jealousy Contributed to the Family Business Fail - The Case of Comb Making Entrepreneurs in the Pays d’Olmes, South of France B2
Bernardon, Renatta & Alamo Pablo & Patrice Gaidzinski Unisios & EDHEC Visiting Scholar Emotions: Poison or Medicine for long lived Family Businesses B2
Passant, Adrien University of Paris I - Pantheon Sorbonne Between Filial Piety and Management Opportunism: The Strategic Use of Family Business History after the Buyout by Nonfamily Purchasers B2
Bouderbala, Rym ISCAE-Univ. Manouba History of Family Business Groupings:  the Duality Economic Growth – Emotional Evolvement C
Debruyne, Emmanuel UC Louvain Bankrupts in the Shadows of the 'Belle Epoque'. Coping with the Failure, Coping with the Shame. Belgium, 1896-1914 C
Martini, Manuela University Lumière Lyon 2 Brotherhood and Business: Migration and Siblings’ Relations in Small Firms, from Southern to Western Europe in the 20th Century C
Submitted  papers  will  undergo  a  double  blind  review process and, if successful, will be published  in the Entreprises et Histoire as a Special Issue. Authors  will  be  notified  by  July  2017  about  the  outcome  of the  review  process.  The  Special Issue is intended to be published in Spring 2018

The Family Business Day - May 12, 2017 - EDHEC Paris

Telling the family business story: Practices towards family and business sustainability

History allows us to gain a multidimensional perspective of what happens in a family business across the life cycle of the family, ownership and business.
Prominent family business entrepreneurs and CEOs will share their experiences on the construction and role of history narratives in their family business to inform and/or direct strategic decisions. Their insights will be complemented by reflections from renowned scholars and experts building on their research and expertise.
Each participant will have the possibility to join workshops reflecting on three basic questions: The Why? The How? The What? Please note that the seats are limited. Register early! 
The workshops are structured around round tables moderated by experts in the field, allowing for family business members, academics and practitioners to come together and share their knowledge and experience.


The Why: The impact

This workshop will explore why family businesses engage in sharing their history when it comes to the following aspects:

  • The levels of engagement and identification of the family business stakeholders (shareholders, employees, suppliers, managers…)
  • The culture (mission, vision, values)
  • The strategy formulation
  • The performance (business reputation, evidence of success and reliability…) 


The How: The process

This round table will discuss how the historical narrative process is initiated and evolving over time. 

  • How is the family business history constructed?
  • How do family businesses narrate their history across generations?
  • How do emotions shape the history of family businesses?
  • How does history shape the emotions of the family business generations over time?


The What: The structure

This workshop will explore the content of historical narratives: 

  • What parts of the history construction matter to understand, trigger, prevent or heal emotions?
  • What parts of reality are emphasized, re-invented and created?
  • What parts of the family, founder, or business myths are kept and re-interpreted over time? (especially when the family successor changes or when the founding families leave the business and other families take over)
  • What emotions are integrated, perpetuated, and dealt with in the construction and use of history (e.g., nostalgia, grief, empathy, compassion, fear, anger, hate, love, jealousy, envy)?


The key learnings from each workshop will be shared during the plenary session that follows. A closing keynote will provide hands on tools and set the stage for the next steps of development of family business practices on the topic. Participants will be finally invited to a closing cocktail that fosters exchanges and networking.



  • 10.30 AM – 12.00 PM: Historical perspectives on how emotions shape strategy: Guided visit to the Galeries Lafayette
  • 12.00 PM – 1.00 PM: Welcome reception and Registration (EDHEC Campus Paris)
  • 1.00 PM – 2.00 PM: State of the art and Live Family business case by Antoine Mayaud (AFM, France)
  • 2.00 PM – 3.45 PM: Roundtable workshops part 1 (small groups) – connecting academics, professionals and family business people 
  • 3.45 PM – 4.15 PM: Coffee Break
  • 4.15 PM – 6.00 PM: Roundtable workshops part 2 (small groups) – connecting academics, professionals and family business people
  • 6.00 PM – 6.30 PM: Wrapping up with practical reflections from the Workshops Conclusions,
  • 6:30 - 7:30: Closing keynote by John Seaman, (Saybrook Partners, USA)Discussion Panel with academics, practitioners and family business members.
  • 7.30 PM – 9 PM: Closing cocktail.

Please note: Available seats for workshops are limited. Workshop will be held in English and in French – Please register early!




EDHEC Family Business Center


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Phone :+ 33 1 53 32 76 66

Twitter: #edhecfamilybusiness


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