Dear Madams and Sirs

It is a pleasure for us to invite you to the 7th ‘Family Businesses’ Scientific Conference. The intention underlying the organization of this year’s event is turning attention to multifaceted determinants of economic processes and identification of factors creating both development opportunities as well as sources of threats for family businesses operating in the global reality.

The objective of the Conference is the development of the interdisciplinary area for cooperation and exchange of experience of scholars and economic practitioners as well as expanding the cooperation of the two domains.

The formula of the Conference is based on the integration of the academic faculty achievements with the experience of business practitioners managing family businesses as well as on the confrontation of Polish and foreign experiences.

We do hope that the Conference will also be the place to establish and strengthen contacts to facilitate starting joint scientific research. We would appreciate it if you could inform your colleagues about our initiative. Your participation in the conference will be a great honor for us.

With regards

prof. dr hab. Łukasz Sułkowski
Chairman of the Scientific Committee

dr Andrzej Marjański
Chairman of the Conference



Special Guest

Lorraine M. Uhlaner is Professor of Management (Entrepreneurship and Family Business specialties) at EDHEC Business School on the Lille campus in Roubaix, France. She received her Ph.D. in Organization Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests include responsible ownership and corporate governance in family businesses, and other privately-held firms. She is also carries out research in innovation and on cultural and institutional influences on entrepreneurship.

Lorraine M. Uhlaner combines expertise in entrepreneurship, strategy, family business, corporate governance and organization behavior to provide instruction to management students at EDHEC Business School where she has held the position of Professor of Entrepreneurship since Fall, 2010. Author of a wide range of publications, her current research includes the effect of culture on entrepreneurship behavior, the responsibilities of owners in privately-held firms and dynamic capabilities and practices to enhance innovation and growth in small to medium sized firms. She has created a number of programs to assist entrepreneurs and family businesses, including as founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Eastern Michigan University and the European Family Business Institute at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She also has experience in academic administration, having served for three years as Director MBA programs at Nyenrode Business University. Born in the US, she has lived in Europe, including the Netherlands and France, for over ten years. She received her Ph.D. in Organization Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, in 1980. Her recent publications include articles in Family Business Review, Corporate Governance: An International Review, the Journal of International Business Studies, Small Business Economics Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, and Journal of Small Business Management.