11th Conference on Family Businesses in Vallendar

On June 24 and 25, the 11th Conference on Family Businesses will take place at WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar. The conference targets family owners and managers – of the senior as well as the next generation – that aim to learn about family business challenges and solutions and  that want to enjoy a true networking event. The topic of this year’s conference is “digitization – and what it means for family firms.” Many family business and digitization experts, such as Karl-Erivan Haub, Christoph Bauer, Tobias Ragge, Frank Thelen, and Tessa Tessner will share their insights and engage in lively discussions.

The event will be held in German. For information, please see the brochure (Broschuere KFU 2016).

New book on family firm innovation

Reinhard Prügl (from Zeppelin University) and I are very happy to present our new book on family firm innovation (in German only), published by Springer.


Here is the description of the book, as displayed in the Springer online shop:

Nadine Kammerlander und Reinhard Prügl geben einen prägnanten Überblick über Innovationen in Familienunternehmen und beleuchten den Innovationsprozess von Familienunternehmen in seinen einzelnen Bestandteilen. Dabei werden die Stärken und Schwächen von Familienunternehmen bezüglich Produkt-, Prozess- und Business Model-Innovationen sowie die Chance für Familienunternehmen, ihren Innovationsprozess zu öffnen („Open Innovation“) diskutiert. Besondere Bedeutung kommt dabei auch der Nachfolge in Familienunternehmen zu, die unter bestimmten Voraussetzungen erfolgreich mit Wandel und Innovation verbunden werden kann.

You can order the book via the Springer website: Link

German family firm conference in Siegen

March, 7-8 the German Family Firm Research Conference (“FIFU DACHLi”) took place in Siegen. More than 60 researchers and practitioners met in order to share new research ideas and to listen to interesting keynotes of Simon Parker and Karl Wennberg. The Family Firm team of WHU was present with 6 participants, taking active roles in the doctoral round tables and paper presentations.

The best paper award was given to my PhD student Alexandra Michel (University of St. Gallen) for her empirical work on advisor utilitization and family firm advising. Congratulations! Alexandra-best-paper