In 1997, Shane published a study on the contributions of authors and institutions to the development of the field of entrepreneurship. His analysis was timely, since the field of entrepreneurship was growing rapidly and was beginning to gain prominence among management scholars. Family firm research, a field whose domain significantly overlaps that of entrepreneurship, has experienced similar growth in recent years (cf. Katz, 2003; Sharma et al., 2007). Indeed, scholarly articles on family firms have started to appear in premier journals (e.g. Gómez-Mejía et al., 2007; Schulze et al., 2001) and a host of special issues have been published (e.g. Chrisman et al., 2007; Chrisman et al., 2008a; Heck and Mishra, 2008; Rogoffand Heck, 2003). Since family firms appear to dominate the world economy (Cromie et al., 1995; Donckels and Frölich, 1991; Westhead and Cowling, 1998), the growth in research is overdue. As a result, a need has emerged to systematically evaluate the contributions of researchers and universities to family business research, to show the interconnectedness of those contributions, and take stock of the content of the articles in question (see also Casillas and Acedo, 2007; Chrisman et al., 2005; Sharma, 2004).
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