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Dear Madams and Sirs

It is a pleasure for us to invite you to the 8th ‘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

Dr. Torsten Pieper is Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship in the Coles College of Business and Academic Director of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia (USA).  His research focuses on family cohesion, governance, and strategy in family business and has been published in a variety of leading academic journals.  Several of his research projects have won international awards.  Dr. Pieper is the founding co-editor-in-chief of the Elsevier title Journal of Family Business Strategy, one of only two impact-factored journals dedicated to the study of family firms, and President-elect of IFERA, The International Family Enterprise Research Academy.  Born in Germany, Dr. Pieper comes from a family business and was educated internationally.  He holds Master of Science degrees from The University of the Saarland (Germany) and EM LYON Business School (France), and a Doctorate from European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel (Germany).  He is fluent in German, French and English.