Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods for Family Business
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Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods for Family Business

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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Chapter 17: Why do so many qualitative studies of family businesses get rejected? Confessions of a recovering associate editor of the Family Business Review

W. Gibb Dyer


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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