Asia-Pacific Family Business Symposium 2022

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  • Online

Date and time

  • Wednesday 28 September 2022
    12.30pm – 8.00pm AWST


  • Researchers
  • Community
  • Professionals


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AFERN-Australasian Family Enterprise Research Network

Symposium Convenors:

Dr Donella Caspersz (University of Western Australia), Professor Francesco Chirico (Macquarie University and Jonkoping University),
Associate Professor Chris Graves (University of Adelaide)

Review Convenor: Associate Professor Hazel Ramos, University of Nottingham, Kuala Lumpur

Research Student Consortium Convenor: Professor Pi-Shen Seet, Edith Cowan University

Symposium Theme “Family Business Models: Recovering from COVID 19”


The Asia Pacific Family Business Symposium, 2022 invites papers from scholars and practitioners that focus on the question what will family business models look like going forward post COVID 19?

  • What adjustments have family businesses made (or should make) to their business model to be sustainable going forward post COVID-19
  • What are the theoretical and conceptual implications that emerge for family business studies going forward post COVID-19?
  • What are the managerial implications that changes to business models pose for family businesses going forward post COVID-19?

Keynote speakers

Professor Cristina Cruz
The backbone of Family firm resilience: SEW as a competitive advantage in economic downturns.

Cristina Cruz, PhD in Economics from Carlos III University (Madrid) is Full Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family business at IE University. She is the Academic Director of the IE Center for Families in Business, an excellence research center at IE University. 
Professor Cruz leveraged her expertise in family business to conduct research on business families in different areas, including strategy, entrepreneurship, finance and human resource management. Her academic work, published in leading academic journals such as Academy of Management, Administrative Science Quarterly and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, has contributed to enhancing the legitimacy of the family business as a research field. Since 2017, she is currently the Associate Editor of Family Business Review, the most prestigious academic journal in the family business research field.
Aligning with IE’s philosophy and the view that business schools need multifaceted and well-rounded faculty, Cristina is highly engaged in action research, working closely with private companies and financial institutions to conduct entrepreneurship and family business related applied research projects. She is also very active in community outreach. She has recently been awarded fellow of the Family Firm Institute, a recognition that the institution awards to individuals that demonstrate ongoing expertise and commitment to the field of family enterprise.

Zoe Detmold
Dynamic capabilities in the "new normal": reflections on the role of organisational agility within the Detmold Group
Strong dynamic capabilities are argued to be necessary for fostering organisational agility (Teece, Peteraf & Leih, 2016). In her keynote speech, Zoe Detmold, 3rd gen family member and one of Detmold’s Senior Business Managers, will discuss how the development of organisational agility within the Detmold Group has been instrumental for successfully responding to periods of significant disruption such as that brought about by Covid-19.     

Zoe Detmold is a Director of Detmold Group, General Manager of Detmold Ventures and a 3rd generation family member. Initially, Zoe’s career within Detpak spanned Asia, Europe, the U.S. and Australia, always focusing on driving growth across different markets and customer channels. Looking for a change of pace, Zoe set up and runs Detmold Ventures to incorporate additional companies outside the Detmold Group. This has become a vehicle for innovation, with start-up Cup & Carry launched in 2021.

Symposium Awards

  • Best Research Paper on the Symposium Theme, sponsor FBERG, The University of Adelaide
  • Best Research Student Paper, sponsor Edith Cowan University
  • Best Paper with Practical Implications, sponsor The University of Western Australia

  • About Detmold Group:

    Established in 1948, the Detmold Group is an innovative, Australian family-owned and operated business, supplying some of the world's largest and most iconic brands with premium packaging solutions. The Detmold Group employs 3,000 people, with representatives in 15 countries, manufacturing facilities in 7 of those countries, and produces over 22,000 different food and retail packaging products. In 2020, the Detmold Group founded Detmold Medical in response to an urgent community need during the COVID-19 health crisis to support Australia's pledge in fighting the pandemic. Detmold Medical manufacture and provide the healthcare industry with high-level, professional products to promote personal protection and safety. Now, with an expanded range of other PPE and medical consumables, Detmold Medical is a major supplier of high-quality products to some of the largest government health departments, hospital groups and distributors.

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