Edited by Alfredo De Massis and Nadine Kammerlander
Chapter 17: Why do so many qualitative studies of family businesses get rejected? Confessions of a recovering associate editor of the Family Business Review
Many qualitative studies of family businesses get rejected by reviewers. These rejections are often due to: (1) poorly framed research questions; (2) the contribution not being clear; (3) a poor description of the research methods; (4) data that is presented poorly; (5) a failure to differentiate between description and prescription; (6) trying to test rather than build theory; and (7) the inability to answer the ‘so what?’ question: why is this study important? This chapter gives examples of ‘good’ qualitative studies and suggestions for how to improve qualitative studies of family businesses.
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