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Family Business Studies

An Annotated Bibliography
Alfredo De Massis, Chair of Entrepreneurship and Family Business, Director of the Centre for Family Business, IEED, Lancaster University Management School, UK and Chairman of STEP European Leadership Council, Chair Family Business Strategic Interest Group European Academy of Management (EURAM), Institute for Family Business Research Foundation, University of Bergamo, Italy, Pramodita Sharma, Sanders Professor for Family Business, University of Vermont and Global Director, STEP Project, Babson College, US, Jess H. Chua, Professor of Finance and Family Business Governance, University of Calgary, Canada and Zhejiang University, China, and James J. Chrisman, Professor of Management, Mississippi State University, US and Research Fellow, University of Alberta, Canada
This book catalogues the 215 most-cited empirical, theoretical and practical articles on family business published in 33 journals since 1996. Researchers, students and practicing managers will find it indispensable as a quick reference and guide to what we have learned about family firms. Annotations for the articles consist of: summary of key findings, research questions, contributions, and research implications. They also include a detailed description of the methodologies, empirical data, definitions, and conceptual models used. In addition, the book features chapters that review the literature, discuss how family businesses have been defined, present recent trends in family business empirical research, and provide an agenda for future research.
Extent: 368 pp
Hardback Price: £98.00 Online: £88.20
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 1 78100 297 1
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  • Business and Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Family Business
  • Research Methods in Business and Management
  • Research Methods
  • Research Methods in Business and Management
  • Research Methods
This book catalogues the 215 most-cited empirical, theoretical, and practical articles on family business published in 33 journals since 1996. Researchers, students, and practicing managers will find it indispensable as a quick reference and guide to what we have learned about family firms. Annotations for the articles consist of: summary of key findings, research questions, contributions, and research implications. They also include a detailed description of the methodologies, empirical data, definitions, and conceptual models used. In addition, the book features chapters that review the literature, discuss how family businesses have been defined, present recent trends in family business empirical research, and provide an agenda for future research.

Scholars, researchers and PhD students in the fields of family business, entrepreneurship, organization theory, management, economics, finance, anthropology, sociology and business history will find this compendium insightful. The topics covered in the book will also prove to be essential to practitioners – both advisors and operators of family enterprises – as it will provide evidence-based knowledge on the issues and dilemmas faced by them in everyday life.
‘If you ever have to advise students on where to start in researching the literature around family business, then you will welcome this book. If you are just starting out on your family business research journey, you will find that it provides a clear path to follow... The high level of detail and carefully applied methods provide a fine example of a systematic method for others to follow …Overall, this book represents a sound and reliable resource for any department that undertakes, or advises students in, family business research.’
– Carole Howorth, International Small Business Journal

This book provides a thorough review and compendium of important family business research. It should be in the personal library of every family business scholar and graduate student involved in this vital field of study.’
– Michael A. Hitt, Texas A&M University, US

‘A systematic review of the field and an incredibly useful reference book for anyone involved in studying or teaching family business.’
– Sara Carter OBE FRSE, Strathclyde Business School, UK

‘This book offers a succinct but thorough overview of how our understanding of significant issues in family business has evolved through rigorous research. This annotated bibliography of the 215 top-cited family business studies provides the empirical evidence and the basis for insightful comments from the authors on topics which will benefit from further scholarly debate and research. The authors are to be congratulated for making accessible those research contributions which have the potential to make a meaningful difference to the practice of family business.’
– Jill Thomas, The University of Adelaide Business School, Australia

‘I highly recommend the annoted bibliography by De Massis, Sharma, Chua, and Chrisman to experienced scholars as well as to incoming researchers. The authors selected carefully (and in a transparent manner) relevant papers and summarized them in a way that provides a helpful basis for future research. Well done!’
– Sabine B. Rau, WHU–Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany

‘A welcome addition to the field of family business studies! Offers an update and thorough compendium of relevant research conducted within the last 15 years. A most useful reference for doctoral students, established scholars and thoughtful practitioners. Importantly, the first three chapters offer critical commentary and synthesis that go well beyond what one typically finds in an annotated bibliography. Overall, this book offers a solid foundation for moving the study of family business forward.’
– Lloyd Steier, University of Alberta, Canada

‘If I had been asked to suggest the currently most-needed editorial endeavor for advancing family business studies, I would have answered with no hesitation: an up-to-date annotated bibliography. The field’s growth over the past 15 years has been so intense, that even experts who devote most of their research efforts to family business – not to mention younger scholars approaching the field – will significantly benefit from De Massis, Sharma, Chua, and Chrisman’s indispensable work.’
– Carlo Salvato, Bocconi University, Italy and Associate Editor, Family Business Review
Contents: Preface 1. Overview of the Contents of the Family Business Annotated Bibliography 2. State of the Art of Family Business Research with Josip Kotlar 3. Trends in Family Business Empirical Research with Josip Kotlar 4. The Family Business Annotated Bibliography Index