For 2014 The Practitioner Editorial Committee identified three primary themes: Complexities, Constituencies, Constellations, whereby researchers, practitioners, advisors, and family business experts are encouraged to contribute an article of 1000-1500 words by the deadlines noted below. Inspired by the 2014 FFI global conference, being held in Washington, DC, these themes may be interpreted in a number of ways. However, submissions are encouraged to focus on topics that further the knowledge and education of advisors and consultants in the family enterprise field.
Complexities (April 2014)
Complexity is a common component of family enterprise. With numerous variables, interconnectedness and influences, complexity impacts the harmony and success of a family enterprise. But what are the keys to successfully managing complexity in a family enterprise? How are different approaches and methodologies to addressing complexity evaluated? And… how do practitioners and families learn from their mistakes and apply insights from missed opportunities? In this category, technical experts, family business advisors and family members are encouraged to share professional experiences, insights and family business cases that capture complexity and the family enterprise.
Constituencies (August 2014)
Constituencies represent the various groups or bodies that are engaged in, utilize, or are served by an organization or institution. Family enterprise systems have constituencies both inside and outside their systems. Future generations, one of the key constituencies of the family enterprise, have a lot to gain or lose depending on how families manage opportunities and challenges in the business and the family. What are practitioners doing today to aid family enterprises to thrive not just survive? How does seeking support from experts and advisors help family enterprises advocate and educate for their own well being? Submissions of family enterprise practice that focus on innovation, cutting edge ideas and practices, developmental theory applied to actual family business cases and the interplay of various constituencies are invited.
Constellations (November 2014)
Constellations map out the discrete points of a broader system. Family enterprise is a global field of research and practice, encompassing families and businesses of different sizes, both of which have implications for delivering and capturing value. How do consultants and advisors add value through a multidisciplinary approach to family enterprise? Additionally, family enterprises have a history and legacy that is frequently individual and unique. What family ghosts, or proverbial aberrations, haunt or enhance the culture, connectedness, or continuity of the family enterprise? Submissions of family enterprise practice that embrace cultural perspectives, customs, regional perspectives and/or values are encouraged.
We look forward to hearing from you and to publishing your ideas on these topics in the coming year. If you are interested in writing on one or more of these topics in the coming year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and your suggestions will be forwarded to the appropriate issue editors.
Yours in Practice,