Chapter 14: Nonresponse bias in family business research
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How do response rates influence outcomes in family business studies? Although there is wide consensus that response rates - and the resultant nonresponse bias - matter in scientific research, there is considerable debate regarding their substantive effect on the studied relationships. Here, we address this issue in family business research. We first lay out how response rates affect study outcomes and what factors are influential on response rates. The chapter concludes with directed advice to family business scholars. Our broad purpose is to take up a well-accepted issue in research and provide a guide on strategies to assess and reduce nonresponse bias, enhance study quality, and advance the growing field of family business research.

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