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 3: Trends in family business empirical research

Josip Kotlar

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


As discussed in Chapter 1, the purpose of our work is to trace the trends and directions of family firm research by analysing articles that have been particularly relevant for the development of the field. We focused our review on a sample of 215 top-cited articles published across 33 journals in the period 1996–2010. Among these, 124 articles were classified as empirical studies based on quantitative analyses, and 14 articles were classified as empirical studies based on qualitative analyses. We specifically collected and organized additional information regarding these empirical articles, including a short description of the sample, a description of the methods used to collect data, and a list of secondary data sources that were used (the annotations for these top-cited family business studies are provided in Chapter 4). Based on this work, we discuss in this chapter the emerging trends in empirical studies of family business and provide detailed information on the data and methods adopted in empirical studies about the family firm. We first discuss the data sources used and then present the geographical distribution of the samples, their characteristics in terms of size, age, industry, and listing status. Finally, we discuss briefly the empirical studies that are based on qualitative research.

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