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.
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 SIG STANDING TRACK
ST 04_01 Strategy & Innovation in Family Firms
The “Strategy and innovation in family firms ” track aims to attract contributions which investigate, both theoretically and empirically, the impact of family influence, family business goals, socio-emotional values and family dynamics on innovation in general, open innovation in particular, strategy types and strategic renewal in family firms (FFs). The understanding of the interplay among the considered concepts and variables are especially welcomed. In particular, we believe that investigation about family firms’ openness degree, its determinants and enabling context to foster innovation performance is particularly interesting and challenging as the “family variables”, mentioned above, could shape in an original way the openness setting.
We solicit authors to submit empirical, conceptual, and literature review contributions promising in understanding the mentioned contructs in family firm contexts. Adoption of various theoretical and methodological approaches (case studies, surveys, mixed) are welcomed as well as submissions by interdisciplinary, international and mixed industry-academic teams.