Handbook of Research on Family Business
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Handbook of Research on Family Business

Edited by Panikklos Zata Poutziouris, Kosmas X. Smyrnios and Sabine B. Klein

The Handbook of Research on Family Business provides a comprehensive first port of call for those wishing to survey progress in the theory and practice of family business research. In response to the extensive growth of family business as a topic of academic inquiry, the principal objective of the Handbook is to provide an authoritative and scholarly overview of current thinking in this multidisciplinary field.
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Chapter 1: Navigating the Family Business Education Maze

Frank Hoy and Pramodita Sharma


Frank Hoy and Pramodita Sharma Introduction Although we can safely assume that family businesses predate recorded history (Colli, 2003), formal educational and research programs focusing specifically on family-owned firms are recent phenomena (for example, Hoy and Verser, 1994; Wortman, 1994). Litz (1997) provided a persuasive analysis of the reasons for the neglect of family business studies in the business schools citing a ‘longstanding pattern of interaction between business firms, business regulators, academic institutions, and individual academic researchers’ (p. 56). However, fuelled by a growing awareness of the importance and dominance of family firms in most countries (for example, IFERA, 2003), the interest in family business studies is growing at a rapid pace, as reflected in recent review articles (Bird et al., 2002; Sharma, 2004; Chrisman et al., 2005). Aims and contributions of chapter As the field is gaining momentum, it is important to pause momentarily to capture its evolution with an aim to preserve our legacy and provide a common historical basis of our past. This chapter endeavors to provide such a pause to the field of family business studies. While we draw our inspiration from the example of Katz (2003) who captured the evolution of entrepreneurship as a discipline of study and instruction, our focus is much narrower as it is limited to tracking the history of family business studies only. Through this attempt, we hope to preserve our beginnings and provide navigational guidelines to family business scholars and practitioners of tomorrow. Scope and limitations To capture...

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