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The SAGE Handbook of Family Business

The SAGE Handbook of Family Business

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November 2013 | 696 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The SAGE Handbook of Family Business captures the conceptual map and state-of-the-art thinking on family business - an area experiencing rapid global growth in research and education since the last three decades.

Edited by the leading figures in family business studies, with contributions and editorial board support from the most prominent scholars in the field, this Handbook reflects on the development and current status of family enterprise research in terms of applied theories, methods, topics investigated, and perspectives on the field's future.

The SAGE Handbook of Family Business is divided into following six sections, allowing for ease of navigation while gaining a multi-dimensional perspective and understanding of the field.

Part I: Theoretical perspectives in family business studies

Part II: Major issues in family business studies

Part III: Entrepreneurial and managerial aspects in family business studies

Part IV: Behavioral and organizational aspects in family business studies

Part V: Methods in use in family business studies

Part VI: The future of the field of family business studies

By including critical reflections and presenting possible alternative perspectives and theories, this Handbook contributes to the framing of future research on family enterprises around the world. It is an invaluable resource for current and future scholars interested in understanding the unique dynamics of family enterprises under the rubric of entrepreneurship, strategic management, organization theory, accounting, marketing or other related areas.

Pramodita Sharma, Leif Melin and Mattias Nordqvist
1. Introduction: Scope, evolution, and future of family business studies
Part I: Theoretical Perspectives in Family Business Studies
Jennifer E. Jennings, Rhonda S. Breitkreuz and Albert E. James
2. Theories from family science: A review and roadmap for family business research
Arist von Schlippe and Klaus A. Schneewind
3. Theories from family psychology and family therapy
Alex Stewart
4. The anthropology of family business: An imagined ideal
Martha Martinez and Howard Aldrich
5. Sociological theories applied to family business
Prashant Shukla, Michael Carney and Eric Gedajlovic
6. Economic theories of family firms
Nigel Nicholson
7. Evolutionary theory: A new synthesis for family business thought and research
Denise Fletcher
8. Family business inquiry as a critical social science
Part II: Major Issues in Family Business Studies
Raphael Amit and Belen Villalonga
9. Financial performance of family firms
Pascual Berrone, Cristina Cruz and Luis R. Gomez-Mejia
10. Family-controlled firms and stakeholder management: A socioemotional wealth preservation perspective
Kelin E. Gersick and Neus Feliu
11. Governing the family enterprise: Practices, performance and research
Sanjay Goel, Iiro Jussila and Tuuli Ikäheimonen
12. Governance in family firms: A review and research agenda
Rebecca G. Long and James J. Chrisman
13. Management succession in family business
Andrea Colli and Paloma Fernández Pérez
14. Business history and family firms
Part III: Entrepreneurial and Managerial Aspects in Family Business Studies
Carlo Salvato and Guido Corbetta
15. Strategic content and process in family business
Sabine B. Rau
16. Resource based view of family firms
Alexander McKelvie, Aaron McKenny, G.T. Lumpkin and Jeremy C. Short
17. Corporate entrepreneurship in family business: Past contribution and future opportunities
Peter Rosa, Carole Howorth and Allan Discua Cruz
18. Habitual and portfolio entrepreneurship in the family context: longitudinal perspectives
Keith Duncan and Ken Moores
19. Stewardship and accountability: Accounting and the family business
Zulima Fernández and Maria Jesús Nieto
20. Internationalization of family firms
Anna Blombäck and Justin Craig
21. Marketing from a family business perspective
Shaker A. Zahra, Rania Labaki, Sondos G. Abdel Gawad and Salvatore Sciascia
22. Family firms and social innovation: Cultivating organizational embeddedness
Part IV: Behavioral and Organizational Aspects in Family Business Studies
Ritch L. Sorenson
23. Values in family businesses
David Whetten, Peter Foreman and Gibb W. Dyer
24. Organizational identity and family business
Lloyd Steier and Miriam Muethel
25. Trust and family businesses
D’Lisa McKee, Timothy M. Madden, Franz W. Kellermanns and Kimberly A. Eddleston
26. Conflicts in family firms: The good and the bad
Ethel Brundin and Charmine Härtel
27. Emotions in family firms
Part V: Methods in Use in Family Business Studies
Allison W. Pearson, Daniel T. Holt and Jon C. Carr
28. Scales in family business studies
Trish Reay and Zhen Zhang
29. Qualitative methods in family business research
Aaron F. McKenny, G. Tyge Payne, Miles A. Zachary and Jeremy C. Short
30. Multilevel analysis in family business studies
Part VI – The Future of the Field of Family Business Studies
Sharon M. Danes
31. The future of family business research through the family scientist’s lens
Frank Hoy
32. Entrepreneurial venturing for family business research
Alexandra Dawson
33. Practice what we preach? Developing the next generation of family business scholars
David G. Sirmon
34. Developing the field of family business research: Legitimization, theory, and distinctiveness
Thomas Zellweger
35. Toward a paradox perspective of family firms: The moderating role of collective mindfulness of controlling families

The SAGE Handbook of Family Business is must-reading for anyone interested in the field of family business - scholars, consultants, and practitioners alike.  The volume represents the best in theoretical grounding, critical research findings, and managerial information required to better understand, study and operate family firms.  It also outlines promising paths for future research.  Bravo to the authors and editors.

Danny Miller
Research Professor at HEC Montreal and Chair in Family Enterprise and Strategy, the University of Alberta

In this work some of the foremost research leaders in the field of Family Business have attracted and compiled manuscripts from a very strong set of contributing researchers. It provides a comprehensive, insightful and current overview of the field from theoretical, methodological and empirical vantage points as well as discussions of critical issues and ways forward.

Per Davidsson
Director & Talbot Family Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research

"The academic field of family business has been growing dramatically in recent years and the research in this field has enjoyed major advances in both quantity and quality.  As such, there is need for a compendium of research on family business. This volume satisfies this need providing a thorough examination of the theory, content and design of family business research. The authors read like a “who’s who in family business scholarship”. It is a critical resource for all researchers and students interested in family business. This volume is a must read for all family business scholars."

Michael A. Hitt
University Distinguished Professor and Joe B. Foster ’56 Chair in Business Leadership, Mays Business School

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Introduction: Scope, Evolution and Future of Family Business Studies

Leif Melin

Leif Melin, PhD, is Professor of Strategy and Organisation and the Hamrin Professor of Family Business Strategy at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS). He is the founding and past Director of  Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO). He has served as Dean and Managing Director for JIBS. He was a founding researcher of the STEP project ( Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices) and has served as member for the Global STEP Project Board. In 2012, he was honored with the International award at the 26th anniversary conference of the Family Firm Institute, and he was also selected as a Family Owned Business... More About Author

Mattias Nordqvist

Mattias Nordqvist, PhD, is Professor of Business Administration and the Hamrin International Professor of Family Business. He is the Director of Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO) and on the faculty of Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization and Leadership (ESOL) at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) in Sweden where he has also served as an Associate Dean. Mattias is a former Co-Director of the Global STEP Project and Visiting Scholar at Babson College, USA, University of Alberta, Canada and Bocconi University, Italy. He was selected as a Family Owned Business Institute Scholar twice; 2007-2008... More About Author

Pramodita Sharma

Pramodita Sharma, Ph.D., is the Sanders Professor for Family Business at the School of Business Administration, University of Vermont. Prior to this appointment, she was the CIBC Distinguished Professor of Family Business at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University in Montreal. She is a visiting scholar at Babson College where she serves as the Academic Director of the Global Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) project. In 2011, she was honored with the prestigious Barbara Hollander award at the 25th anniversary conference of the Family Firm Institute. In addition to two co-authored books, she has... More About Author

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