The dissertation project "Facilitator or Chock Block - Are CEO Predecessors really Inhibitors to Organizational Change?" of Jan Zybura and the article "Inside CEO Successions in Family Firms: Should the Predecessor Stay Active or Cultivate Roses?" (by Jan-Philipp Ahrens, Michael Woywode, and Jan Zybura) were accepted for presentation at the FERC 2014 meeting of the family business research community. The Family Enterprise Research Conference will take place in June 6-8, 2014, in Portland (USA). It was founded to develop a community of scholars interested in conducting research into understanding family firms and creating usable knowledge in this field. This forum enables scholars to design and develop research projects that are theoretically sound, empirically accurate, and of practical significance to family firms. Plenary speeches will be held by Pramodita Sharma, University of Vermont, and Ritch Sorenson, University of St. Thomas.