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Nadine Kammerlander and Alfredo De Massis

Qualitative research is increasing in relevance for management in general and family business research in particular. Family businesses present an especially rich and interesting context to study processes and mechanisms in a qualitative manner. Yet qualitative research comes with many challenges and risks for which no practical guide is at hand. The purpose of this chapter is hence to provide some thoughts and guidelines to avoid common traps and mistakes of qualitative research. To do so, the authors build on their experience as authors, editors and reviewers as well as interviews with renowned qualitative scholars from the management field.

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Edited by Alfredo De Massis and Nadine Kammerlander

This timely Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to the methodological challenges of qualitative research in family business. Written by an international, multidisciplinary team of experts in the field, the Handbook provides practical guidance based on the experiences of senior researchers, and features reflective discussion on how to craft insightful, rigorous studies.
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Moritz Feninger, Nadine Kammerlander and Alfredo De Massis

Family firm innovation has become a topic of vibrant scholarly debate. In this chapter, the authors first briefly outline recent developments in this research stream. They then propose a circular process model of family firm innovation, linking it to extant knowledge on family firm innovation and potential future research streams. This model includes new elements, such as feedback loops, initial and final decisions, stakeholder feedback, a learning and adaptation process, a family-centered non-economic goals paddlewheel, and influencing factors, with details on the input and output phases. Drawing on this model, the chapter uncovers some important research gaps and trends that future studies in this field should seek to fill. In particular, the authors point to important and current trends in innovation, including digitalization, agile management, cyber-security, and their implications for family firms and family firm research.