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.
GT04_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. 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 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
ST04_01 - Strategy, Innovation and Internationalization in Family Firms (SIIFF)
Scholars are increasingly pointing out the high heterogeneity of family firms (FFs) with respect to their strategies, innovation processes and internationalization decisions. This track welcomes contributions investigating the impact of family control and influence, goals and values, and family dynamics (e.g. succession) on strategic choices (e.g. M&A, business exits, professionalization, green strategies, alliances, JVs), innovation processes (e.g. open innovation, technology adoption, R&D management) and internationalization decisions (e.g. when and how entering new markets). We encourage conceptual and empirical submissions, relying on various theories and adopting qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, either focusing on FFs or comparing FFs and nonFFs.
FAMILY BUSINESS RESEARCH SIG TRACK
T04_02 - Designing and implementing Human Resources Management Systems and Organizational Variables in Family Businesses
HRM Systems and Organizational Variables are an under-research area in family business studies, even though they arguably play a relevant role. This track will focus on HRM and Organizational Variables in family businesses aiming to clarify what HRM and Organizational topics are relevant in family firms given their distinctive features, what the role of organizational and HR choices in family firms is, and how they differ in these enterprises. The goal of the track is to bring together papers that consider all three main areas of HRM and Organization: theories, practices, and competencies.
T04_03 - Family Business in Emerging, Developing, and Transitional Economies
The aim of the “Family Business in Emerging, Developing, and Transition Economies” track is to encourage more systematic research by considering the context in which family firms and business families dwell. We expect to contribute to family business studies in two ways. First, replication studies in new contexts would make possible the generalization and potential expansion of the current knowledge and research findings. Second, by emphasizing the importance of the environment, studies would contextualize the relationship between family and firm and enrich our understanding of the family business phenomenon.
T04_04 - Family Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Families, Goals and Values in Family Business
We welcome submissions investigating the nexus of family and entrepreneurship. Family members are entrepreneurial actors undertaking activities, which lead to family business renewal and expansion, and often contribute to the sustainable development of both firms and the wider context (e.g. local community). In the context of this focus, we also invite authors to consider the role of ‘values’, ‘goals’, and ‘diversity’ as possible antecedents or contextual factors affecting entrepreneurial families' behavior, their risk-taking attitude and their entrepreneurial endeavors.
T04_05 - Finance, Management, Governance & Accounting in Family Businesses
This track is dedicated to the intersection of corporate finance, corporate governance, accounting and family business research and is open to contributions to the topic from related fields (e.g., financial economics, psychology, sociology, or organizational behavior). Quantitative papers that try to isolate causal effects or apply rigorous panel methods are highly welcomed along with qualitative papers looking at behavioral side of finance. Focus topics include, but are not limited to valuation and accounting choices in family firms, earnings management, IPO, family or founder-influence on performance, formal and informal corporate governance mechanisms, causes and effects of ownership structures, executive compensation, dividend policies.