DIANA 2020

Female Entrepreneurship and Family Firms

  • IPAG Business School Campus de Nice
    4 Boulevard Carabacel, 06000 Nice
  • 19-20th October 2020

The Diana Project

The Diana Project™ engages in research activities, forums and scholarship focusing on women entrepreneurs and their growth.
Given the vital importance of women entrepreneurs for wealth creation, innovation and economic advancement throughout the world, the Diana International ​​Research Conference provides a platform for researchers to develop, conduct and share a global research agenda. Brand new to the agenda in 2019, Babson College's Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership is launching Impact Day, a global convening of the vital stakeholders who are dedicated to changing the landscape of financing women entrepreneurs.
Companies with women CEOs receiving less than 3% of VC funding is a statistic that has not changed enough in the past decade. Luckily, inroads are being made to advance women founders in more creative ways. 80 scholars from around the world will attend the first two days of the Diana International Research Conference, dedicated to the presentation of academic research related to women’s entrepreneurship. On day three, Impact Day, an additional 100 action-oriented stakeholders are expected to join, making this convening the first of its kind. The ability to identify areas of synergy and progress, while documenting key gaps in the funding and acceleration of women founders, is vital if we are to continue making progress.

DIANA International Research Conference 2020

The 2020 Diana International Research Conference will take place October 19-20 and will be located at IPAG Business School, in Nice, FRANCE. We invite participants to consider submitting manuscripts that relate to this year’s theme: the role women entrepreneurs are taking within family firms, on many diverse levels. More specifically we are interested in exploring if belonging to a family-owned firm fosters or hinders female entrepreneurship differently in comparison to women who do not have a family business background. We are also interested in exploring how the different roles that women have in their families (daughters, mothers, sisters, spouses, grandmothers) differently affects their commitment towards entrepreneurial activities and entrepreneurship. Finally, we seeks to explore the role of women in entrepreneurial teams (familial, mixed and non-family teams).

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Organizational committee

Adnan Maalaoui

Severine Leloarne-Lemaire

Candida Brush

Andréa Calabro


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Keynote Speaker

Friederike Welter

Friederike Welter holds the chair for SME Management and Entrepreneurship at the University Siegen and she is President & Managing Director at the Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn. From 2008-2012, she was Professor and Associate Dean of Research at Jönköping International Business School where she is still affiliated as visiting professor. From 1993-2006, she worked in the Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI), a renowned policy research institute. She is visiting professor at the Small Business Research Centre at Kingston University in Kingston, UK. In 2005, she was awarded the TeliaSonera Professorship of Entrepreneurship at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia for her research on entrepreneurship in a transition context. From 2007-2009, she was President of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and in 2011 she was appointed Fellow of ECSB. In 2014 she was appointed Wilford L. White Fellow.
Friederike Welter´s main research interests are related to small business development and entrepreneurial behaviour in different contexts, women´s entrepreneurship and generally SME and entrepreneurship policies. Friederike Welter is on the review board of several leading international academic journals, including Entrepreneurship & Regional Development and the International Small Business Journal. She also is Senior Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, a leading entrepreneurship journal.
Since 1993, Friederike Welter has been involved in over 30 SME and entrepreneurship-related research projects, funded by ministries, national research foundations and international organisations such as the EU, USAID, OECD or ILO. Moreover, Friederike Welter has wide experiences in applied policy-related research on SME and entrepreneurship development and acts as consultant on these issues, much of it in an international context for OECD and similar organisations.

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Important deadline

Sep 232019

Open submission system & registration

Feb 152020

Submission Deadline

Mar 152020

Accepting Notification

Apr 282020

Final paper submission

Jul 052020

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- 1 gala dinner

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