University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

2015 - The 11th Annual Family Enterprise Research Conference

The Sustainable Family and Enterprise

JUNE 4 - 7, 2015

University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA

Event cost:
Early Registration: $475.00 (Until 4/30/15)
Registration: $525.00

Registered Attendees (updated June 17, 2015)

FERC is dedicated to developing a community of scholars interested in conducting research to further our understanding of family firms and creating usable knowledge in this field. The 2015 conference will focus on sustainability in family business. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index defines corporate sustainability as “a business approach that creates long-term shareholder value by embracing opportunities and managing risks deriving from economic, environmental and social developments.” Given their strong commitment not only to current but also to future generations, the long-term principles guiding family businesses fit well with a focus on sustainability. This commitment can affect the organizations’ overall strategy, financial objectives, corporate governance, and human resource management. Considering the importance of survivability, transgenerational succession, and sustainability for family businesses, surprisingly little is known about sustainability strategies and practices of family enterprises, the focus of this conference.

Key note speakers:


  • Best Paper Awards ($4,500) sponsored by MCS Family Wealth Advisors.
  • Best Spanish / Portuguese Paper Award ($1,500) sponsored by Familias Empresarias Management Consulting.
  • NEW AWARD: International Entrepreneurship Award ($1,000) sponsored by the
  • NEW AWARD: Lifetime Influence and Impact Award presented to individuals who have provided sustained and distinguished leadership toward the growth and development of family businesses and/or family business research and scholars (deadline for nominations: Feb. 15, 2015).
  • Grand Valley State University, Family Owned Business Institute (FOBI) Research Scholars Program Awards: historically has awarded four $5,000 grants for outstanding family business research proposals. Apply here.  

Special Issues :

The conference is associated with the following special issues, whose editors will be available to meet authors:

2015 FERC Organizing team:

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