Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.
Chapter 21: Targeting journals: a personal journey
When asked by the editors to contribute a chapter to their book on how I position family business research in targeting different types of journals, I thought that this would be a simple task. Codifying intangible knowledge, however, is easier said than done. Thus, I searched my memory to find where this intangible knowledge comes from and how I have established my publication pattern. When I was a doctoral student at the University of Connecticut, I was interested (and still am) in both strategy process research and family business research and have tried to thread these passions throughout my work. At the time, I was exposed to and strongly influenced by the work of my dissertation chair, Steven Floyd, and by the groundbreaking work on family firm research by Michael Lubatkin and Bill Schulze. A series of papers (i.e., Schulze, Lubatkin, and Dino, 2003a; Schulze, Lubatkin, and Dino, 2003b; Schulze, Lubatkin, Dino, and Buchholtz, 2001), as well as the establishment of the theory of family firm conference (Chrisman, Chua, and Steier, 2003), led me and the field of management (and finance) to develop a strong interest in family firm research. Specifically, studies by Schulze et al. highlighted that classical agency theory assumptions (e.g., Eisenhardt, 1989; Jensen and Meckling, 1976) did not hold for the family firm context.
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