Conference participation in Toledo, Spain

Partticipation at the RENT Conference in Toledo, Spain

The XXXIIth RENT conference organised by the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) took place in Toledo, Spain between 14-16th of November 2018. The title of the conference was ’Sustainable entrepreneurship: A win-win strategy for the future’ with the aim to bring together approximately 250 leading academics in this field who present and debate cutting edge research in a wide variety of entrepreneurship related topics. Representing the Hungarian FAME-team, Péter Csizmadia, Sára Csillag, Karina Szászvári and Anna Hidegh prepared a paper for the conference with the title of ‘Learn as if you were to life forever? Learning patterns in Hungarian SMEs’ which was selected for the poster session. The poster was exposed and presented by Péter during the conference. Based on the lessons learned from the FAME project the poster aimed at promoting the project results with a special emphasis on small firms HR development practices. The paper addressed three main questions: (1) What are characteristics of workplace learning in small firms? (2) What is the role of the owner/manager in constructing the learning environment in small businesses? (3) How do owner/managers utilize networks to support workplace learning in small businesses? The conference was a useful forum for receiving (mainly positive) feedback from the academic community concerning our results and also provided an excellent opportunity to extend the BBS’s professional network by popularising the FAME project.

FAME at the 13th Enterprise Educators Conference

FAME at the 13th Enterprise Educators Conference, Leeds Beckett University, UK

5-7 September 2018

Leeds Beckett University was delighted to host the 13th Enterprise Educators UK Conference at the Rose Bowl in Leeds. More than three hundred delegates from all corners of the globe enjoyed connecting, contributing, participating and networking with participants with a range of interests associated with promoting Enterprise Education in Higher Education and other learning contexts.  Brian Jones and David Devins convened a session to consider curriculum design and development issues associated with small family businesses.  The session drew extensively on the experiences of the Erasmus funded FAME project and encouraged participants to consider the implications of the family business context for curriculum.  It provided an opportunity to showcase the online learning materials developed in the project and encouraged participants to provide constructive feedback. 

FAME Multiplier in Leeds

Family Business Sustainability (FAME) Multiplier in Leeds (UK)

More than thirty manufacturing and service sector businesses attended a FAME project multiplier event hosted by Leeds Business School on 15th November 2018.  The workshop considered productivity related performance in the context of small and medium sized family businesses.  Professor David Devins outlined a UK context where, on the one hand family businesses are seen as the backbone of a sustainable economy providing jobs for more than 12 million people and contributing more than £1.4 trillion to the UK economy.  However, on the other hand, family businesses are seen as contributing to an economy struggling to make productivity improvements with relatively low levels of management practice that have seen media reporting management practice in family firms as ‘awful’.

In response to this context and as a result of universities seeking to develop connections with the business community, the FAME project produced some innovative training materials.  These materials seek to support the development of knowledge and skills in relation to a range of areas including management, finance, governance and transition.  David provided an introduction to the modules that have been developed and he showcased the Small Business Management and Transition training materials.  Workshop participants had an opportunity to see the on-line learning materials and handbook, discuss the value of the resources, to provide initial feedback in a question and answer session and complete project evaluation questionnaires.  The results of the event will be used to inform the further development of the training materials and exploitation of the project in the future.

Fourth Transnational Partner Meeting in Cracow

The fourth transnational partner meeting of the FAME project was organised in Cracow hosted by the Polish partner, Cracow University of Economics on 26-27 April 2018. Five partners participated at the meeting delegating 1 to 4 persons, and the representative of MAC-Team had a Skype presentation online about the quality management issues at the second day of the meeting (he was absent due to illness). Several important issues were discussed at the meeting by the coordinators and the leaders of the module development teams. The module leaders introduced the final version of the module handbooks, and the e-learning experts of BBS presented the first materials of the online training materials with short interview films. The participants reviewed the work-based learning elements of the project and agreed on the completion of the necessary country specific elements to the training materials. A unique part of the meeting was the video shooting to the e-learning materials – recording 1 minute long introductions by the module leaders to the four training modules (Brian Jones from Leeds Beckett University to the Fundamentals of SME Management module, Judit Sági from Budapest Business School to the Entrepreneurial Finances module, Jan Brzozowski and Romana Paszkowska from Cracow University of Economics to the Family Business Governance, Human Resources and Immigrant’s Integration and to the Transition Issues modules). Besides partners also discussed project management, quality management and dissemination/exploitation issues as always. The meeting closed with the action planning, the agreement on the deadlines and responsibilities of the tasks for the next project period.

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Multiplier Event: Family Businesses as an Engine of Growth

Multiplier Event: Family Businesses as an Engine of Growth

May 2017 

Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University was delighted to host a multiplier event discussing family business research, policy and practice raising awareness and understanding of the FAME Project.

Students, practitioners and academics attended the multiplier event to promote the FAME project and family business research in Leeds.   The event was well attended, informative and engaging. Professor Leo-Paul Dana from Montpelier Business School and Dr Claire Seaman from Queen Margaret’s University made interesting observations on the nature and state of family business research. Two representatives from family business based in Yorkshire (A.W. Hainsworth of Leeds, and Street Food Chef of Sheffield) offered practice based real-world insights that served to stimulate a lively question and answer session.  The ability to adapt to changing market conditions and to have products and services that can feed business growth were just some of the many topics discussed.  Further information is available: