International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Family Business


You are invited to submit your papers to the International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Family Business (ICEIFB).

This international event will take place on April 16-18, 2020 at the Carthage Business School of the University Tunis Carthage, Tunisia. The conference aims to provide academics, policymakers and practitioners with a valuable forum for discussion and critical analysis of the major issues and challenges related to all areas of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Family Business.

The ICEIFB is organized by the University Tunis Carthage in collaboration with the University of Quebec at Montreal, the University of Ottawa, the University of Turin, and Paris School of Business.

Call for Papers

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and African countries become increasingly attractive actors in the global economy. Since the 2008 economic crisis and the Arab Spring, various countries have been trying to transform their economic, cultural and social standards to become
more competitive and innovative. These recent transformations have generated a unique, but underexplored, context that is full of insights on how to foster innovation and entrepreneurial capacities in these countries (Mellahi et al, 2011; Balakrishnan, 2013).

Nowadays, entrepreneurship represents a key driver for modern economies. Especially, entrepreneurship acts as a crucial enabler for the economic development of the African continent and the Middle East countries. However, the importance of entrepreneurship and its contributions vary according to the socio-economic contexts. Although these countries operate in different environments (social, economic, institutional and technological) and have significant national particularities in some aspects of the entrepreneurial pipeline, yet many similarities exist. Countries in these regions are both facing very similar challenges and have equivalent opportunities. Both regions have the highest youth population shares in the world, as well as the highest rates of youth unemployment. Also, across African and MENA regions, entrepreneurial intentions, too-early entrepreneurship rates and necessity-driven entrepreneurial activities are the highest in the world. Unfortunately,
these high levels of enthusiasm are countered by a high number of failed businesses and limited growth potential for those businesses that survive. The obstacles preventing entrepreneurship from prospering range from lack of government support, weak entrepreneurial skills, difficulty in access-
ing funding, bureaucratic requirements, restrictive and biased regulatory conditions, lack of research and development, corruption, and social constraints.

Therefore, there is an urgent need to build a healthy and strong ecosystem in MENA region and African countries that nurtures, encourages and supports individuals to move on entrepreneurial intentions and actions. In particular, it becomes necessary to deploy in these regions, substantial human, natural, technological and financial assets more efficiently through adopting economic, educational and social policies that create sustained inclusive economic growth and prosperous societies that deliver opportunities to all. A critical aspect of this is for policymakers and experts to focus on establishing a conducive environment in which entrepreneurs and innovators can emerge, compete and growth. Also, there is a need to establish more efficient entrepreneurship education systems, technology transfer programs and business incubation and acceleration mechanisms to increase knowledge of business concepts, gain an entrepreneurial mindset, support nascent entrepreneurs and improve innovative management practices to enable firms to growth. The focus on fostering an entrepreneurship climate should pursue to build and strengthen connections between different players within the entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Papers may address (but are not limited to) the following issues:

  • Entrepreneurship and regional development
  • Entrepreneurship and the involvement of the MENA ecosystem
  • Entrepreneurship and knowledge management in Africa and MENA countries
  • Entrepreneurship and “the rise of modern-day influencer marketing”
  • Entrepreneurial universities and entrepreneurship education
  • Entrepreneurship and family business management in Africa and MENA countries
  • Role of family on new ventures strategies
  • Institutional factors on the development of family business in Africa and MENA countries
  • Family business performance
  • Women entrepreneurs in Africa and MENA countries
  • Social Business in Africa and MENA countries
  • Entrepreneurship in emerging markets and new economy
  • Management best practices in Africa and MENA Region countries
  • Digital/technological entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa and MENA Region countries
  • Strategic improvisation and agility in the changing contexts of Africa and MENA countries
  • Merger and acquisition in Africa and MENA countries
  • Multinational corporations’ strategies in Africa and MENA countries
  • International entrepreneurship
  • Advanced innovative methods and business models in Africa and MENA countries

The conference scope is not limited to these themes. New ideas\theories\outlooks in all areas of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Family Business are welcomed!

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Publication Opportunities

A selection of high-quality papers related to entrepreneurship in Africa and MENA region countries will be considered for publication in a special issue in Revue Entreprendre & Innover. Some high-quality selected papers will be published also in the EuroMed Journal of Business.

Submission Guidelines

The first page of your submission must contain the title, author(s) and contact information of the corresponding author. The organizers expect an Extended Abstracts of no more than 3-pages 1,5-space, maximum 1500-words. An abstract should inform explicitly about the following five issues: Research objective/question; Conceptual development; Methodology; Results (if not a conceptual paper); and Contribution. Please exclude tables, figures, and references.

Authors are invited to submit their extended abstracts of complete papers (in English or French) in PDF formats via the conference website by 16 February 2020: PAPER SUBMISSION

Submission Deadlines

  • February 16, 2020: Submission deadline (extended abstract and full papers)
  • March 07, 2020: Notification of acceptance/rejection
  • March 20, 2020: Registration deadline
  • April 16-18, 2020: Event

Conference Fees

The fee includes conference materials, coffee breaks, lunch buffets, and the gala dinner.

  • 200 € for academics and professionals (except those located in MENA and African countries)
  • 150 € for participants affiliated with institutions located in MENA and African countries
  • 50 € for PhD students

Scientific Committee

  • Abdoulkadre Ado, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Kent Baker, American University in Washington DC, USA
  • Moujib Bahri, Université du Québec, Canada
  • Andrea Calabrò, IPAG Business School, France
  • Imed Chkir, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Fatma Choura, Tunis El Manar University
  • Manlio Del Giudice, Unilink University Rome, Italy
  • Ilaria Dalla Pozza, IPAG Business School, France
  • Ines Gabarret, ESSCA, France
  • Emna Gara, University of Tunis, Tunisia
  • Stéphane Goutte, University of Paris 8, France
  • Sarah Jack, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
  • Kose John, New York University, USA
  • Magnus Klofsten, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Norris Krueger, University of Phoenix, USA
  • Janelle Mann, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Sondes Mbarek, Institut Mines-Télécom Business School, France
  • Karim Messeghem, Montpellier University, France
  • Sarfraz Mian, State University of NY, at Oswego, USA
  • Frédéric Nlemvo Ndonzau, Neoma Business School, France
  • Frédéric Nlemvo Ndonzau, Neoma Business School, France
  • Allan Riding, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Samir Saadi, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Chiraz Saidani, University of Tunis, Tunisia
  • Koray Sayili, DePauw University, USA
  • Yuliya Snihur, Toulouse Business School, France
  • Khaled Tamzin, University of Sousse, Tunisia
  • Olivier Toutain, Burgundy School of Business, France
  • Merrill Warkentin, Mississippi State University, USA
  • Shaker Zahra, University of Minnesota, USA