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Academic Day

8 — 9 June 2021
Online Conference

A strategic ownership perspective acknowledges that ownership implies control over the firm and its resources and gives owners the right to decide how value is created. It overcomes prevailing assumptions about the separation of ownership and control and owner homogeneity that dominate our understanding of strategic management and corporate governance today.

The theoretical and practical need of studying ownership in relation to firm strategy is pressing as ownership around the world is (again) becoming progressively concentrated in the hands of owners such as entrepreneurs, families, cooperatives, financial asset managers, foundations and states.

The goal of the ongoing Owners as Strategists Conference is to bring together a diverse set of scholars with an interest in ownership, governance, and strategy to address the overarching question about the role of ownership for firm strategy. The wide empirical relevance of the phenomenon and the lack of pertinent theorizing on the strategic role of ownership suggest there is substantial promise for the development of an ownership perspective in strategic management.


Call for Papers 2021

We invite submissions on the general topic of rethinking firm ownership and on the special tracks on the role of ownership for sustainability and for firm growth. For details please take a look at the call for papers.
The deadline for the submission of original papers via email to be considered for presentation at the Owners as Strategists Conference in 2021 is 16 April 2021.
Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their paper latest by 7 May 2021.
The registration deadline for presenters of accepted papers is 17 May 2021.


Conferences dates

The two-day Owners as Strategists Conference combines an Academic Day with a Practitioner Day. Academics are invited to join the practitioner day and vice versa to build bridges and foster exchange between research and practice.

Academic Day 2021


8 June 2021

2.00 p.m. - 8.15 p.m. (CEST)
8.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. (EDT)

Call for papers

Download Call for papers

Academic Day programme 

Free of charges for academics presenting at the conference
Practitioner Day 9 June 2021 – For more details, please visit the Practitioner Day.


Agenda Academic Day, 8 June 2021, (CEST)

2.00 p.m. - 2.20 p.m.

Welcome by the conference organisers
Mario Daniele Amore and Paola Taricco, Bocconi University
Christine Scheef and Thomas Zellweger, University of St.Gallen
2.20 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.

Keynote for the opening of the conference
Oliver Hart, Harvard University, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2016
3.00 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.

Coffee break
3.15 p.m. - 4.35 p.m.

Owners as Strategists
Emilie Feldmann, University of Pennsylvania
Caroline Flammer, Boston University
David Reeb, National University of Singapore
Todd Zenger, University of Utah
4.35 p.m. - 4.50 p.m.

Coffee break
4.50 p.m. - 6.20 p.m.

Parallel paper session
6.20 p.m. - 6.35 p.m.

Coffee break
6.35 p.m. - 8.05 p.m.

Parallel paper session
8.05 p.m. - 8.15 p.m.

Concluding remarks and farewell by conference organisers


The Owners as Strategists Conference is a joint effort by the AIDAF-EY Chair in Strategic Management in Family Business, Bocconi University, Italy, and the Center for Family Business (CFB-HSG) and Swiss Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (KMU-HSG) of the University of St. Gallen. The Owners as Strategists Conference will be held annually and in turns between both Universities.  

Organising Committee
Mario Daniele Amore, Bocconi University
Christine Scheef, University of St.Gallen
Paola Taricco, Bocconi Universtiy
Thomas Zellweger, University of St.Gallen