Chapter 1: Introduction to the Field Guide to Family Business Research
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This opening chapter outlines the purpose, organization, and contents of this edited compilation of 17 chapters, which is titled the Field Guide to Family Business Research. This introduction focuses on the foundational challenges associated with family business research, as a unique field of study, and discusses how the guidance provided in this book can help overcome many of the more prominent problems keeping scholars from producing rigorous, high-quality, and publishable research.

  • Bettis, R., Gambardella, A., Helfat, C., & Mitchell, W. (2014). Quantitative Empirical Analysis in Strategic Management. Strategic Management Journal, 35, 949_953.

  • Brigham, K. H., & Payne, G. T. (2019). Socioemotional Wealth (SEW): Questions on Construct Validity. Family Business Review, 32(4), 326–329.

  • Evert, R. E., Martin, J. A., McLeod, M. S., & Payne, G. T. (2016). Empirics in Family Business Research: Progress, Challenges, and the Path Ahead. Family Business Review, 29(1), 17–43.

  • Holt, D. T., Pearson, A. W., Payne, G. T., & Sharma, P. (2018). Family Business Research as a Boundary-spanning Platform. Family Business Review, 31(1), 14–31.

  • Payne, G. T. (2018). Reflections on Family Business Research: Considering Domains and Theory. Family Business Review, 31(2), 167–175.

  • Pearson, A. W., & Lumpkin, G. T. (2011). Measurement in Family Business Research: How do we Measure Up? Family Business Review, 24(4), 287–291.

  • Pieper, T. M., Kellermanns, F. W., & Astrachan, J. H. (2021). Update 2021: Family Businesses’ Contribution to the US Economy. Family Enterprise USA, 704, 1–29.

  • Sharma, P., Chrisman, J. J., & Gersick, K. E. (2012). 25 Years of Family Business Review: Reflections on the Past and Perspectives for the Future. Family Business Review, 25(1), 5–15.

  • Yu, A., Lumpkin, G. T., Sorenson, R. L., & Brigham, K. H. (2012). The Landscape of Family Business Outcomes: A Summary and Numerical Taxonomy of Dependent Variables. Family Business Review, 25(1), 33–57.

  • Zahra, S. A., & Sharma, P. (2004). Family Business Research: A Strategic Reflection. Family Business Review, 17(4), 331–346.

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