Family firms are the backbone and engine of most economies. Their role in economy is crucial - not least in innovation and job creation. In family business systems, business, family and ownership are interrelated. Changes in one sub-system typically have an impact on the other sub-system(s). A big majority of all family firms are small or medium-sized businesses, and a big majority of small and medium-sized firms are family firms. Therefore, there is a large intersection between entrepreneurship, small business and family business studies.
This special issue will focus on family business from entrepreneurship and/or small business perspective. Both micro and macro level studies are invited. Also both quantitative and qualitative approaches are welcome. We also encourage writers to come forward with emerging and frame-breaking topics to diversify and widen family business research.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Entrepreneurial start-ups of family firms
- Innovation and growth in family enterprises
- Performance of family firms
- Ownership and governance
- Resources of family firms
- Family and business and ownership and the dynamic relation between those
- Succession and inter-generational challenges
- Longevity vs. "child mortality" of family enterprises
- Emerging and frame-breaking themes in and for family business research
Submission of manuscripts: 31 July, 2014
Notification to authors: 30 September, 2014
Final versions due: 30 November, 2014