Extension Organizers

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Kimberly Eddleston
Northeastern University
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Rania Labaki
EDHEC Business School
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Torsten Pieper
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Registration Fees

  June -
Aug. 31
    Sept. 1 - Onsite
Member US$ 85     US$ 115
Non-Member US$ 105     US$ 135

Additional Information

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Family Business – Balancing Globalization and Localization

Hosted at EDHEC Business School

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


The 2018 SMS Conference Extension is a continuation of the previous three SMS Family Business Extensions held at Kennesaw State University (USA) in 2013, IESE Business School (Spain) in 2014, and in Colorado Springs (USA) in 2015. Like in previous years, the 2018 Family Business Extension will bring together a panel of leading strategy scholars, prominent family business researchers interested in strategy’s applications to family firms, and practitioners who work in and with family businesses.

Family firms are often torn between their local roots and their desire and need for growth beyond regional markets.  While family firms tend to have strong connections to their home regions, at the same time, many family firms successfully compete amongst global players in the international marketplace (examples include Dassault, Merck, Hoffmann La Roche, Pernod Ricard, or SC Johnson, to mention a few).  In addition, for those family firms that primarily focus on their domestic market, many are finding that they need to defend their market share against foreign entrants.  No longer can family firms isolate themselves from the effects of globalization.  The diversity with which family firms embrace and contend with globalization and localization therefore makes them an ideal population to explore the dynamics of ‘going global’ and ‘staying local.’

The purpose of this year’s SMS Family Business Extension is to bring together diverse perspectives on globalization and localization to encourage debate across multiple disciplines to: (1) advance our understanding of family firms’ distinctive opportunities and challenges prompted by the duality between being deeply rooted in local communities, cultures, and networks while exploring new opportunities for their expansion and entrepreneurship in the global marketplace; and (2) develop insights that might help family business owners and managers, as well as policy makers and professionals engaged with family firms, to effectively manage the nexus between globalization and localization so as to build competitive advantages to sustain firm growth and performance over multiple generations.

Extension Registration


Wednesday, September 26

8:30: Coffee and Refreshments / Registration
9:00: Welcome and Introductions
9:15: Keynote: Emmanuel Viellard, CEO of LISI Group
10:00: Panel Discussion 1: Family Business External Context –Emerging Markets and the Informal Economy
10:45: Coffee Break
11:15:  Panel Discussion 2: Family Business Internal Context –Protecting the Home Turf, Creating and Exploiting Opportunities, Adapting to and Coping with Disruptions
12:15: Lunch
13:30: Workshops
15:00: Refreshment Break
15:15: Transit to Family Business Visit
16:00: Family Business Visit
17:30: Closing
19:00: Dinner for those who stay overnight including a boat cruise and guided tour along the Seine River (optional, limited seats)


We are pleased to be hosting this extension at EDHEC Business School.

EDHEC Business School
16-18 Rue du 4 Septembre
75002 Paris, France

Keynote Speaker: Emmanuel Viellard, CEO of LISI Group

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Emmanuel Viellard
After graduating from EDHEC Business School in 1986, Emmanuel Viellard naturally chose to follow the "entrepreneurial path". He did his military service in the Special Forces for two years as an officer and squad leader at Commando Trépel. In order to be ready for his future responsibilities, he decided to join the audit firm Arthur Andersen in 1988, completing his academic career in financial advisory services. Promoted as manager, he left Arthur Andersen and joined the family business of Viellard Migeon & Cie and LISI in 1995 to hold various positions within LISI AEROSPACE. In 2000, Emmanuel Viellard became Vice-Chairman of LISI, Chairman of LISI AEROSPACE and LISI MEDICAL with Gilles Kohler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Since March 1st, 2016, Emmanuel Viellard has been named Chief Executive Officer of the LISI Group (€1.6 billion in revenue, 12,500 employees, 14 manufacturing countries and 47 factories), a company specialized in the design and manufacturing of high-tech parts and assemblies for world leaders in their respective sectors such as Airbus, Boeing, BMW, Renault, PSA and Stryker Corporation. In addition, Emmanuel Viellard is President of the family business Viellard Migeon & Cie, which is a member of The Henokiens, and Honorary President of the Group of Equipment Manufacturers within GIFAS and a member of the Board of Directors of the GIFAS Office. After serving for 16 years at the Commercial Court of Belfort, Emmanuel Viellard became Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce of Belfort and President of the Financial Center of Burgundy-Franche Comté. He is a recipient of the National Order of Merit.


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Fabian Bernhard
EDHEC Business School
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James Combs
University of Central Florida
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Alexandra Dawson
Concordia University
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Alfredo De Massis
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
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David Deeds
University of St. Thomas
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Melissa Graebner
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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G. T. Lumpkin
University of Oklahoma
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Danny Miller
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Lorraine Uhlaner
EDHEC Business School
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Marc van Essen
University of South Carolina
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Alain Verbeke
University of Calgary
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Justin Webb
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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David Woehr
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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Yan Anthea Zhang
Rice University