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 and Internalization 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.
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.
FAMILY BUSINESS RESEARCH SIG TRACKS
T04_02 Family Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Families, Values and Goals
The track aims to attract contributions investigating the family as an actor that undertakes entrepreneurial activities; the activities that entrepreneurial families undertake in favor of their firms, and/or for the social or economic development of a wider context (e.g. the local community); the mindset and approach taken by the family as a collective actor or by individual family members. (Nordqvist and Melin, 2013). We solicit authors to submit empirical, conceptual, and literature review contributions. Adoption of various theoretical and methodological approaches (case studies, surveys, longitudinal studies, mixed) are welcomed as well as submissions by interdisciplinary, international and mixed industry-academic teams.
T04_03 Finance, Accounting, Governance and Growth in Family Business
This track is dedicated to the intersection of corporate finance, accounting and family business research and 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. Qualitative papers, especially looking at behavioral side of finance are welcomed. Focus topics include, but are not limited to: valuation, accounting and auditing choices in family firms, earnings management, IPO, engineering finance, accruals, the effect of family or founder-influence on performance, causes and effects of ownership structure, and risk, executive compensation, dividend policies, financing decisions, financial literacy.