Family firms in the long run: The interplay between emotions and history

Family businesses play a central role in the world economy and have intrigued historians and management scholars alike. What makes them a fascinating subject of study is the interconnectedness of the family and the business in the long-run. As such, they offer a fertile ground for exploring the history of the family, viewed as an emotional multigenerational system, in addition to the history of the business. Up to date however, scarce studies exist on the topic of emotions and their historical importance in family businesses. The main reason may lie in the complexity of analyzing two systems and choosing appropriate research methodologies. 

In response to these gaps and subsequent calls for more cooperation, this conference stands as a meeting point between business historians, family business scholars and managers to inform the family business field.