A systematic literature review is a replicable process to provide a
broad overview of a literature stream, while reducing scholarly
subjective biases. With the increasing number of articles studying
family business phenomena, theories, and topics across multiple
disciplines, there is a need to understand what different studies
tell us and where knowledge gaps may exist. Accordingly, this
chapter creates guidelines and rules of thumb on conducting family
business systematic literature reviews. Given the breadth of family
business research across several domains and outlets, we address how
conducting a literature review in the family business domain differs
from reviews in other fields. We highlight how scholars can evaluate
the distinctive features of family firms (e.g., ownership, legacy,
transgenerational aspirations, etc.) to supplement the depth of our
understanding of family business phenomena, theories, and topics.
Lastly, we present an overarching review framework to guide future
reviews and further develop family business scholarship.
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