While the increasing global competition is forcing every firm to
innovate in order to thrive, such need is particularly challenging
for family firms. Scholars have been increasingly examining
innovation management in this idiosyncratic context, unveiling
underlying dynamics and distinctive performance. Nevertheless, they
keep adopting traditional methods, limiting methodological pluralism
and the benefits that more recent or less conventional
methodological advancement would instead allow to develop. In this
chapter we first provide an overview of the main methodological
approaches adopted so far in the family business innovation
research. We then present two new methodological avenues - namely,
narratives in naturalistic approaches (grounded theory and
ethnographies) and social network analysis - that can be
particularly promising to advance the field by contributing to
enhance a dialogue among the plurality of points of view. In so
doing, we also set up an agenda for a deeper and broader
understanding of family business innovation management.
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