The European Academy of Management with an ad-hoc Strategic Interest Group on “Family Business Research” aims to be the ideal opportunity to assess the conceptual development, empirical research, and future directions of the family business field within a broader community of European scholars of management. We envision this SIG as an international arena to attract contributions of both new scholars of the field and scholars from the established community in family business, that will provide new insights on topics that have received significant attention in the past, as well as we especially encourage scholars to undertake innovative papers and discussions of topics that have not received much attention but are important in the field.
The “Context and strategy in family business” track aims to contribute to conversations in the family business research field in two ways. First, by encouraging researchers to borrow, replicate and extend research strategies, we expect to foster the generalization of results and test mainstream theories across developed and developing contexts. Second, by focusing on the impact of family characteristics (e.g. governance, goals, dynamics) on strategic choices (e.g. M&A, alliances, divestments, green strategies, innovation, internationalization), we expect contributions capable of unveiling the impact of the context on the family characteristics-strategic decisions relationships. We encourage conceptual and empirical submissions, drawing from various theories and adopting qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, either focusing on family firms or comparing family firms and non- family firms.
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): Goal 1: No poverty,
Goal 4: Quality Education,
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth,
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure,
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities,
Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production,
Goal 13: Climate action,
Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions.
ST04_02 – Governance, Goals and Behavior in Family Firms
This track is dedicated to empirical methods (quantitative and qualitative) and theory advancement at the intersection of GOVERNANCE, GOALS, and BEHAVIOR IN FAMILY FIRMS. Family firms operate in a polar tension between continuity, stability, reliability, sustainability and management for the long-run at one pole; and adaption to changing environments, strategic renewal and succession at the other (Miller & LeBreton-Miller; 2005). Their focus on sustainability, both financially and non-financially, often leads to the emergence of a fragile social structure around them – consisting of a web of strong and weak relational ties. This often goes along with the development of shared values and vibrant firm cultures (Long, 2011), or formation of social capital (Ahrens, Calabrò, Huybrechts, & Woywode, 2019), which should be further investigated and considered along with their effects on the behavior, governance and performance.
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):
Goal 1: No poverty Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being Goal 5: Gender Equality Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
Goal 13: Climate action
Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
Goal 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal