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A Research Agenda for Family Business

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A Research Agenda for Family Business

A Way Ahead for the Field

9781788974066 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Andrea Calabrò, Professor of Family Business & Entrepreneurship, IPAG Business School, Nice, France
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78897 406 6 Extent: 304 pp
This exciting Research Agenda expertly addresses the question: What will be important within the family business field and for family businesses in practice over the next decade?

Top international contributors explore farsighted theories, methods and topics, often taking a multi-disciplinary approach in order to outline the potential routes for further advancing family business research. Chapters cover the significance of new family trends, entrepreneurial legacy, board diversity, spatial-familiness, corruption, innovation and digital business transformation, challenging core assumptions surrounding the family business phenomenon and mapping the future of the discipline.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

This exciting Research Agenda expertly addresses the question: What will be important within the family business field and for family businesses in practice over the next decade?

Top international contributors explore farsighted theories, methods and topics, often taking a multi-disciplinary approach in order to outline the potential routes for further advancing family business research. Chapters cover the significance of new family trends, entrepreneurial legacy, board diversity, spatial-familiness, corruption, innovation and digital business transformation, challenging core assumptions surrounding the family business phenomenon and mapping the future of the discipline.

A Research Agenda for Family Business will prove a stimulating read for family business and entrepreneurship scholars, as well as academics focusing on strategy, HR, organizational behaviour and corporate governance. Practitioners will also find this book valuable for reflecting on challenges that they are facing and navigating developments in the family business field.



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‘This is an inspiring book – it offers an interesting agenda for future research on family business. It comprehensively covers the domain of the field, emerging research areas, innovative theories, and promising research methods. Written by a diverse group of scholars from 17 countries, the book brings together rich insights that promise to fuel innovative scholarship. Its message is timely and impactful.’
– Shaker A. Zahra, University of Minnesota, US

‘In impressive fashion, the study of family firms has gone through a phase of rapid growth towards establishing itself as a distinct area of study. It is the overlap and cross pollination with a wide array of more established fields of research that turns the family business field into a rich opportunity for new, exciting research. In working towards this goal, the present book is an excellent guidepost and source of inspiration. Its broad coverage of topics, delivered by established and more junior scholars from around the world, makes it a fascinating contribution for anybody who wishes to move beyond what we know, and towards uncharted, exciting research opportunities.’
– Thomas Zellweger, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

‘Amidst the new realities of our world, ranging from invisible viruses that pause humanity to the changing concept of family and community, I applaud the efforts of Professor Andrea Calabrò and forty-six notable scholars to identify a multi-disciplinary agenda for family business research. Interested scholars will draw inspiring ideas for meaningful research directions, while business families and policy makers eager to support the development of usable knowledge on family enterprises will appreciate efficient chapter summaries. Thesis students will add this book to their must-read lists.’
– Pramodita Sharma, University of Vermont and Northwestern University, US
Contributors
Contributors: M. Barrett, R. Basco, Y. Basuthakur, C.E. Batt, E. Behounek, R. Bent, A. Calabrò, G. Campopiano, M. Caroli, S.-J. Chen, A. Cirillo, J. Clarke, P. Cleary, A. Dawson, G. Flamini, W.B. Gartner, D. Gimenez Jimenez, L. Gnan, M.R.W. Hiebl, M. Houshmand, S. Konsti-Laakso, J. Kox, A. Kramer, E.R. Kushins, V. Lefebvre, A.S. Löhde, C. Lubinski, D. Ma, A. Michiels, K. Moores, D. Mussolino, T. Pihkala, C. Pongelli, M. Quinn, M. Radu-Lefebvre, K. Ramachandran, M. Rautiainen, S. Ray, P.M. Rikhardsson, C. Seaman, M.-D.L. Seidel, L. Suwala, C.-W. Tsao, A. Valentino, J. Vincent Ponroy, D.H.B. Welsh
Contents
Contents:

Introducing A Research Agenda for Family Business by Andrea Calabrò xv
1 Family trends shaping the family business landscape 1
Joyce Kox and Astrid Kramer
2 Developing a “sociological imagination” of families
in family business research 15
Eric R. Kushins and Elaina Behounek
3 History as a source and method for family business
research 29
Christina Lubinski and William B. Gartner
4 Engaging the next generation of family members
through work: adolescence and beyond 61
Marjan Houshmand, Marc-David L. Seidel and Dennis Ma
5 Entrepreneurial legacy: how narratives of the past,
present and future affect entrepreneurship in
business families 73
Miruna Radu-Lefebvre, Vincent Lefebvre, Jean
Clarke and William B. Gartner
6 From turmoil to synergism: how business leaders’
human resource mental models and family control
impact employees 87
Chiung-Wen Tsao and Shyh-Jer Chen
7 Diversity on family firm boards: a research agenda
for 2020–30 103
Mary Barrett and Ken Moores
8 The role of vision in determining family, small
business and minority ethnic business research 121
Claire Seaman and Richard Bent
9 Strategic and organizational choices in family
firms: introducing sense-making 135
Luca Gnan and Giulia Flamini
10 Advancing research on creativity in family firms 157
Julia Vincent Ponroy and Dianne H.B. Welsh
11 Changing landscape of Indian family businesses 169
Kavil Ramachandran, Sougata Ray and
Yashodhara Basuthakur
12 Spatial familiness: a bridge between family
business and economic geography 185
Rodrigo Basco and Lech Suwala
13 Family-owned MNEs and transparency: a focus on
corruption risk in host countries 203
Matteo Caroli, Claudia Pongelli and Alfredo Valentino
14 Financing the growth of the family business:
a research agenda 215
Alessandro Cirillo, Alexandra Dawson, Anneleen
Michiels and Donata Mussolino
15 Innovation in family business groups: going beyond
an R&D perspective 231
Marita Rautiainen, Suvi Konsti-Laakso and Timo Pihkala
16 The digitalization of family firms: a research agenda 247
Catherine E. Batt, Peter Cleary, Martin R.W. Hiebl,
Martin Quinn and Pall M. Rikhardsson
17 Digital business transformation in family firms:
how the owning family sets the scene 261
Ann Sophie Löhde, Giovanna Campopiano and
Daniela Gimenez Jiménez
Conclusion
Andrea Calabrò

Index 279

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