SMEs: Family Business Corporate Governance, Emotions and Financial Capital Dynamics


The aim of this conference is to develop the understanding of the tensions between emotional and financial issues on SMEs, with a special focus on family businesses, business families, and family business groups. Conference program: CEROS SMEs Conference program – October 16, 2017

Keynote speakers:

Torsten Piepper, Kennesaw University, USA. He is the Chairman of the IFERA association. His publications are on the persistence of multi-family firms: Founder imprinting, simple rules, and monitoring processes, CEO tenure and entrepreneurial orientation within family versus nonfamily firms, Work-family issues in family business – Pertinent aspects and opportunities for future research, Exploring the effect of distinct family firm reputation on consumers’ preferences. His research is published in prestigeous journals like Long range planning, Family Business Review, Small Business Economics, Entrepreneurship Theory and Pratice, Journal of Family Business Strategy.


Vijay Singal, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, USA. Dr. Singal’s is Professor of Finance and Head of the Department of Finance J. Gray Ferguson. His current and past research has been in three major areas: irregularities related to market efficiency, international finance, and resolving finance-related issues using data from financial and product markets. His research has been published in top quality journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Business, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and Financial Management, and in practitioner journals such as Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Portfolio Management, Financial Analysts Journal, and Journal of Investment Management.

Cristina Bettinelli, is a faculty member at the University of Bergamo (Italy) and visiting professor at the University of Linz (Austria). Her paper “Boards of directors in family firms: An exploratory study of structure and group process” received the Family Business Review best paper award. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Bergamo where she majored in Strategic Management and did part of her graduate studies as at Harvard University. Areas of research interest include corporate governance, family firms, and the management of emotions. Her research has been published in academic journals including Family Business Review, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Small Business Economics, International Business Review, Journal of Small Business Management, among the others. She is on the editorial boards of Family Business Review and Journal of Family Business Strategy as well as a special issue guest editor for the Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Family Business Strategy, and International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business. She has taught management, entrepreneurship, and international business courses at the undergraduate and graduate level (master).