This chapter offers a practical guide to better understand how
different types of family business papers can make a theoretical
contribution to management research. I introduce a 2x2 framework
based on two dimensions: Contextual Orientation and Target Audience.
The matrix identifies four types of empirical family business
papers, which vary in their contribution to knowledge: (1) Embedded,
(2) Challenger, (3) Integrative, and (4) Generalized. I discuss each
type and provide an empirical illustration of a published paper,
focusing on the way authors of these manuscripts make a contribution
to their target audience. Understanding what ‘theoretical
contribution’ means for different audiences can help family business
scholars craft their research in a way that both addresses their
research questions and meets the expectations of editors and
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