Family Business Studies

Family Business Studies

An Annotated Bibliography

Edited by Alfredo De Massis, Pramodita Sharma, Jess H. Chua and James J. Chrisman

This book catalogues the 215 most-cited empirical, theoretical and practical articles on family business published in 33 journals since 1996. Researchers, students and practicing managers will find it indispensable as a quick reference and guide to what we have learned about family firms. Annotations for the articles consist of: summary of key findings, research questions, contributions, and research implications. They also include a detailed description of the methodologies, empirical data, definitions, and conceptual models used. In addition, the book features chapters that review the literature, discuss how family businesses have been defined, present recent trends in family business empirical research, and provide an agenda for future research.

Chapter 2: State of the art of family business research

Josip Kotlar

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, family business, research methods in business and management, research methods, research methods in business and management


In this chapter, we review the family business literature employing the same framework used in the 1996 annotated bibliography (Sharma et al., 1996). The first part consists of an update on how the definition of a family firm has evolved. The second uses the same strategic management framework adopted in the 1996 annotated bibliography to organize the issues examined and findings reported by researchers from 1996 to 2010. This framework looks at the strategic management process in terms of its components: goals and objectives; strategy formulation and content, strategy implementation, and control; management, leadership, and ownership; and organization performance. Issues addressed by researchers that we could not classify into one of these subject areas are grouped under nonstrategic management topics.

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