The European Academy of Management with an ad-hoc Strategic Interest Group on “Family Business Research” aims to be the ideal opportunity to assess the conceptual development, empirical research, and future directions of the family business field within a broader community of European scholars of management. We envision this SIG as an international arena to attract contributions of both new scholars of the field and scholars from the established community in family business, that will provide new insights on topics that have received significant attention in the past, as well as we especially encourage scholars to undertake innovative papers and discussions of topics that have not received much attention but are important in the field.
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GT 04_00 Family Business Research General Track
Family-owned firms are one of the foundations of the world’s business community. Their creation, growth and longevity are critical to the success of the global economy. During the past decade, although family business research is progressing in terms of theory building, it still lacks a systematic adoption of thorough and theoretically-based frameworks. To advance our field we welcome papers investigating one or several dimensions of family businesses, with multi-theoretical and level approach (e.g. management, entrepreneurship, finance, psychology, sociology, etc.) and cross-cultural research. We are particularly interested in advancing “Family Business” as an autonomous Research Field with contributions which offer Rigor to the Academia and Relevance to owner-managers, practitioners and local communities.
FAMILY BUSINESS RESEARCH STANDING TRACK
ST 04_01 Family Business Governance
Family firms are complex organizations that have to deal with multifaceted environment. Although facing many of the same day-to-day management issues as non-family firms, they must also manage issues specific to their status. In this vein, corporate governance may alleviate or exacerbate the related problems. The international academia devotes significant research effort on this theme. However, there still exists the need for a deeper understanding of the role of corporate governance in family-owned business. We welcome submissions from a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches that contribute to major theoretical and empirical debates in this area of research.
FAMILY BUSINESS RESEARCH 2016 TRACKS
T 04_02 Family Business in Emerging, Developing, and Transition Economies
The phenomenon of family business has received considerable attention in academic context in the last two decades and family business field is reaching legitimacy by developing communication channels with other research fields such as economy, management, psychology, sociology and entrepreneurship among others. However, the vast majority of family business research is coming from developed countries and developing countries are underrepresented. In order to address this gap we invite papers focused on family business in emerging, developing, and transition economies. Therefore, the aim of this track is to extend the family business knowledge by focusing the research on specific environments. Indeed, the topic also help to expand our understanding of family business by considering variation in context and culture.
T 04_04 Family business goals, family dynamics and behavioral processes; careers and social issues in family firms
The track attracts contributions which investigate both theoretically and empirically, the role of family business goals, family dynamics, behavioral processes and innovation in family firms as well as careers and social issues in family firms. In particular, we solicit authors who submit empirical, conceptual, and literature review contributions promising in understanding the process of goal setting, the interplay between goals, family dynamics, behavioral processes as well as innovation and careers management and social issues in family firm contexts. We welcome in this track diverse theoretical and methodological approaches, and submissions by interdisciplinary, international, and mixed industry-academic co-author teams.