International Conference On Family Businesses: A Focus On The Arab World

ESCA École de management, Casablanca, Maroc

July 14 – 15, 2022


Call for papers

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Family businesses have attracted the attention of management science researchers for several decades. This interest has grown considerably and has become almost universal. This type of firm is prevalent and represents a significant global economic force. In the Arab world, family businesses account for more than 80%, participate actively in investment promotion and job creation; which make them a key pillar of economic growth, social development, and competitiveness.
The dual dimension –family and business– legitimizes and gives the family business decisive special features; on the one hand, “the family control”, with socio-emotional goals that do not necessarily meet those of non-family shareholders in financial markets; on the other hand, “business” with priorities for profitability and growth in an increasingly challenging economy.

Aside from family ownership, business orientation, and management, culture plays a major role in family businesses’ viability. This  cultural dimension is very important in the Arab world where contextual factors, including history and religion, shape financial markets, geopolitical issues, common values, as well as managerial practices . Paradoxically, little is known about Arab family businesses. Most of the empirical studies on family businesses are derived from research conducted in the West or Asian countries, and studies on family businesses of the Arab world are still relatively scarce.

Family businesses in this specific part of the world are facing major challenges.

Even if they are recognized for their commitment, resilience, and agility when they are well managed, a large proportion of family businesses struggle to survive beyond the first generation. This is critical for Arab countries’ economies where family businesses are particularly dominant. This raises important questions and should lead to an in-depth discussion on the governance structure of family business firms which continue to prefer to informally regulate the actions of family members.Besides governance, financial policies represent some of the most compelling challenges. Empirical evidence argues that family firms of the Arab world have an investment-cash flows sensitivity and prefer internal financing. Other challenges concern gender issues in Arab family businesses where women play informal, “behind-the-scenes” roles, while some studies show that women can be success and performance drivers if they are allowed to occupy top management positions in the family businesses.
The aim of this international conference is to bring together lecturers, academic researchers, scholars, practitioners, and all interested contributors to exchange ideas, experiences, and research results on the various aspects of family businesses operating in the Arab World. It is an interdisciplinary forum that aims to discuss trends, practical challenges, and recent concerns of family businesses in the region, and to shed light on the nuances of family businesses in terms of both their phenomenological perspectives and theoretical developments.
For flexibility reasons, the conference will be held in hybrid mode. Both oral and virtual presentations are accepted.

Submission Types :

This conference welcomes a wide range of submission types (empirical article, theoretical review, systematic review, bibliometric review…) to reach a large community and enrich the discussion among family business scholars.
The conference papers will go through a selection process and be invited for submission to the special topic of interest series of the « Journal of Family Business Strategy » on family businesses in the Arab world.

Researchers are invited to submit an extended abstract of an original paper, of 500 – 800 words, clear, concise, and written in French or English. The extended abstracts will be evaluated through a double-blind process with at least two reviewers and all accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings.


During the conference, two parallel workshops will be held and open to PhD students and researchers in management sciences. Participants to the conference can attend the workshops free of charge.

Doctoral Workshop

The doctoral workshop is open to all Ph.D. students in management sciences who are at an intermediate stage of research and whose theses are not necessarily on family businesses. This doctoral workshop allows doctoral students to meet renowned academics and to receive feedback on their research (theoretical framework, research questions, methodological choices, etc.) from researchers and thesis supervisors who are experienced in the field.

Interested Ph.D. students must submit an extended abstract of their thesis work specifying the research design.

Methodology Workshop : Scientific writing and publication in indexed journals

This workshop is open to PhD students and researchers interested in writing articles according to a rigorous methodology that meets the standards of indexed and refereed journals. The aim is to understand the common standards of qualified journals and to discuss best practices of scientific writing. This workshop will be highly interactive.

Workshops are open only to participants physically present to the conference. There will be no online session for doctoral workshop.

Topics of interest :

We welcome papers relating to all aspects pertaining to family businesses for presentation and discussion. Potential areas of interest could be, but are not limited to :

Strategy & governance
  • Internationalization and new venture strategies ;
  • Strategy- as- practice in family businesses  ;
  • Planning process of transgenerational succession in Family businesses ;
  • Professionalization and non-family management ;
  • Stakeholder-oriented value within family businesses ;
  • Development of family groups and holding companies ;
  • Business Model of family businesses ;
  • R&D investment in family businesses ;
  • Capital structure choices in family businesses ;
  • Dividend payout policy in family businesses ;
  • Working capital and cash holding in family businesses ;
  • Family business performance ;
  • Earnings management in family businesses ;
  • Family business valuation
Human resources management
  • Leadership styles in family businesses ;
  • Workplace Behavior in family businesses;
  • Core values, ethics, and culture of family businesses ;
  • Nepotism and HR policy in family businesses ;
  • Role conflicts and gender issues in family businesses.
  • Family business branding ;
  • Customer relationship management in family businesses ;
  • Family businesses’ competitive advantage


  • Entrepreneurial orientation of family businesses ;
  • Innovation potential of family businesses ;
  • Socio-cognitive entrepreneurial career in family businesses ;
  • Attitude to risk in family businesses.

Corporate social responsibility

  • Community engagement of family businesses ;
  • Sustainable development and philanthropy in family businesses ;

How to participate :


Proposals for extended abstracts or doctoral workshop must be submitted via the conference online submission system and not by email. Please refer to the following website.
The submission of the extended abstract for both researchers and applicants for the doctoral workshop must cover the following:
– Research questions and purposes ;
– Theoretical background ;
– Approach/methodology/design ;
– Main findings ;
– Originality ;
– Theoretical, managerial and social implications ;
– Key references ;
– Keywords (maximum 6)

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    Registration fees

    Upon receipt of the acceptance notification, the applicant will be asked to confirm his/her participation and register for the conference. Registration fees cover admission to different sessions, all conference materials, lunch, coffee breaks, and the Certificate of Participation.

    (USD $)

    In person



    $ 250

    $ 150

    PhD Students

    $ 50

    No fees

    Gala Dinner (optional)

    $ 80

    Online participants must give a convincing justification for their choice for this presentation mode (VISA refusal for example).Cancellation and Refund Policy : Kindly note that no refunds will be given for cancellations. If you choose not to attend the conference after you have completed your payment, we will not be able to refund the registration fees.

    Key Dates and Deadlines

    All submissions (extended abstract) are due       May, 24 th, 2022
    Notification of acceptance/ rejection for all submissions       June 14th, 2022
    Registration deadline for authors and doctoral workshop applicants     July 4th, 2022
    Conference dates July 14-15, 2022

    Scientific committee

    ADEL Nabil, ESCA Ecole de management, Casablanca, Morocco

    AHSINA Khalifa, Ibn Zohr University, Agadir, Morocco

    ALLIOUI Azzeddine, ESCA Ecole de management, Casablanca, Morocco

    BALAMBO Mohammed Amine, CADI-AYYAD University, Marrakesh, Morocco

    BEN RHOUMA Amel, Université de Paris-Cité (IUT de Paris Rives-de-Seine), CEDAG EA 15-16, France

    BENHRIMIDA Mohamed, Hassan II University , Casablanca, Morocco

    BENRAISS-NOAILLES Laïla, IAE Bordeaux, France

    BERRADA EL AZIZI Taib, ESCA Ecole de management, Casablanca, Morocco

    BOUAMAMA Mohamed, ESCA Ecole de management, Casablanca, Morocco

    CHAKER Fadwa, ESCA Ecole de management, Casablanca, Morocco

    ELLIOUA Hanane, ENSA Berrechid, Hassan I University, Morocco

    EL BEDAWY Randa, School of Business, the American University in Cairo, Egypt

    EL CHAARANI Hani, The Faculty of Business Administration, Beirut Arab University, Lebanon

    EL GHAIB Majid Kaissar, ESCA Ecole de management, Casablanca, Morocco

    EL-ABIAD Zouhour, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business Administration, Lebanese University, Lebanon

    EVELYNE Lande, IAE Poitiers, France

    FAHED-SREIH Josiane, Lebanese American University, Lebanon

    HABBA Badr, ESCA Ecole de management & CADI-AYYAD University, Morocco

    HATHOUT Chaimae, ESCA Ecole de management, Casablanca, Morocco

    HOURMAT ALLAH Hind,      CADI-AYYAD University, Marrakech, Morocco

    HUBERT Tchakoute, Kedge Business School, France

    JEDLANE Nabil, ENCG, Universitéy of Abdelmalek Saadi, Tangiers, Morocco

    KOUBAA Salah, ESCA Ecole de management & Hassan II University, Morocco

    LABAKI Rania, IFERA & EDHEC Family Business Centre, France

    LOUITRI Abdenbi, CADI-AYYAD University, Marrakesh, Morocco

    MAOUFOUD Salma, ESCA Ecole de management, Casablanca, Morocco

    MIR Amr, ESCA Ecole de management, Casablanca, Morocco

    MOUNIR Amine, ESCA Ecole de management, Casablanca, Morocco

    MZID Imen, Institut des Hautes Études Commerciales, Université de Sfax, Tunisia


    If you have any questions regarding the above, please send an email to : [email protected]

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