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 18: Engaging practitioners in qualitative family business research: an engaged scholarship approach

Judith van Helvert-Beugels, Mattias Nordqvist and Leif Melin

Abstract

In this chapter, the authors argue for more engagement with practitioners in qualitative family business research. They explain how and why an engaged scholarship is helpful to study complex social phenomena in the family business context, and provide an overview of the engaged scholarship approach. They elaborate on the research activities involved, as well as the various levels of engagement between the stakeholders who participate in research projects, among which scholars. They discuss the relevance of the engaged scholarship approach to build relevant understandings of family business topics, and go through the dilemmas and challenges of using an engaged scholarship approach. The final section of the chapter provides some thoughts on how to practice an engaged scholarship approach in family business studies, dealing with some of these challenges.

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