Call for papers


Int. J. of Entrepreneurship and Small Business


Special Issue on: "Immigrant, Gender, and Succession Issues in Family Firms"


Guest Editors:
Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Assoc. Prof. Veland Ramadani, South-East European University, Republic of Macedonia


The aim of this special issues is to broaden discussions on family business. The main focus will be succession, immigrant and gender issues in family business.


Family businesses represent the majority of companies and are an important source for the generation of jobs in most countries (Hacker & Dowling, 2012; Memili et al. 2013; Kellermanns et al., 2008; Hoy & Sharma, 2010; Ramadani & Hoy, 2015; Welsh et al. 2013). Their stability is critical to global economic growth. The importance of these businesses to a country's economy is substantial. Multiple research studies have recorded the predominance of family firms in countries throughout the world. The prevalence of family businesses also documents both the economic and social impact they have (Brigham, 2013). Longevity is very important for the family businesses and for economies as a whole. Succession is one of the most difficult decisions for the family business, and one of the most important (Campbell et al. 2007; Sardeshnukh & Corbett, 2011; Kamei and Dana, 2012). When business leadership transitions are not well structured they may cause expensive legal issues leading to the sale or eventual loss of the business (Lipman, 2010; Morris et al., 1997).


Gender issues have attracted increasing attention and separate study among researchers (Ramadani, 2015; Ratten 2014). There are two main reasons why these issues need to be studied separately: a) female entrepreneurs have been recognised as an important untapped source of economic growth, considering that they create new jobs for themselves and others, and provide different solutions to management, organisation and business problems and obstacles as well as to the exploitation of business opportunities; b) female entrepreneurs have been largely neglected both in society in general and in the social sciences, in light of the fact that mainstream research, policies and programmes tend to be “men streamed” (Ramadani et al. 2013; 2015).


In recent decades, in many cities in the industrialised world, especially in metropolitan areas, there was a large influx of people from different socio-cultural or ethnic origins (Dana, 2007; Dana and Morris, 2011, Waldinger et al., 2006). With the growth and positioning of these ethnic groups in western societies, ethnic and immigrant family businesses are increasingly arousing interest for socio-economic studies (Ramadani eta l. 2014). We welcome papers about these family businesses, and both micro- and macro-level studies. Quantitative, qualitative and mixed approaches are also welcome, so long as they are well grounded in the literature. Please refer to the following articles:

  • Dana, L.P. & Dumez, H. (2015) "Qualitative Research Revisited: Epistemology of a Comprehensive Approach," International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Small Business 26 (2), October 2015, pp. 154-170.
  • Dana, L.P. & Dana, T.E. (2005) "Expanding the Scope of Methodologies Used in Entrepreneurship Research," International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Small Business 2 (1), 2005, pp. 79-88.


We also encourage authors to submit emerging and groundbreaking topics to diversify and widen research in family business.


The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the FERC Conference, June 8-10 2017, Ashville, USA (FERC 2017), but we are also inviting other experts to submit articles for this call.


Subject Coverage


Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Family firms and immigrants
  • Family firms and ethnic issues
  • Family firms and women
  • Succession planning
  • International entrepreneurship in family business
  • Impact of family dynamics
  • Generation and gender issues
  • Internationalisation and globalisation of family enterprises
  • Strategic planning and organisational changes in family firms


Notes for Prospective Authors


Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).


All papers are refereed through a peer review process.


All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.


If you have any queries concerning this special issue, please email the Guest Editors Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh at and Dr. Veland Ramadani at


Important Dates


Manuscripts due by: 30 September, 2017





Brigham, K.H. (2013), Social and economic impact of family business, in Sorenson, R.L., Yu, A., Brigham, K.H., and Lumpkin, G.T. (Eds.), The Landscape of Family Business, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.


Campbell, N.D., Heriot, K.C., & Welsh, D.H.B. (2007). The black box: Unravelling family business succession. New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, 10(2), 9-14.


Dana, L-P. and Morris, M. (2007) ‘Towards a synthesis: a model of immigrant and ethnic entrepreneurship’, in Dana, L-P. (Ed): Handbook of Research on Minority Entrepreneurship, pp.803–811, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham.


Dana, L-P. and Morris, M. (2011) ‘Ethnic minority entrepreneurship’, in Dana, L-P. (Ed): World Encyclopaedia of Entrepreneurship, pp.149–157, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham


Hacker, J., & Dowling, M., (2012). Succession in Family Firms: How to Improve Family Satisfaction and Family Harmony, Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 15(1), 76-99.


Hoy, F., & Sharma, P. (2010). Entrepreneurial Family Firms. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.


Kamei, K. & Dana, L-P., (2012), Examining the impact of new policy facilitating SME succession in Japan: from a viewpoint of risk management in family business, Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 16(1), 60–70


Kellermanns, W. F., Eddleston, K.A., Barnett, T. & Pearson, A. (2008). An Exploratory Study of amily Member Characteristics and Involvement: Effects on Entrepreneurial Behavior in the Family Firm, Family Business Review, 21(1), 1–14


Lipman, F. D. (2010), The Family Business Guide, Everything You Need to Know to Manage Your Business from Legal Planning to Business Strategies, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


Memili, E., Welsh, D.H.B., & Luthans, F. (2013). Going beyond research on goal setting: A proposed role for organizational psychological capital of family firms. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 37(6), 1289-1296


Morris, M.H., Williams, R.O., Allen, J.A. & Avila, R.A. (1997), Correlates of Success in Family Business Transitions, Journal of Business Venturing, 12 (5), 385–401


Ramadani, V. (2015), “The woman entrepreneur in Albania: an exploratory study on motivation, problems and success factors”, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 17(2), 204-221.


Ramadani, V., & Hoy, F. (2015). Context and uniqueness of family businesses. In L-P Dana & V. Ramadani (Eds), Family Businesses in Transition Economies, pp.9-37, Springer, Cham.


Ramadani, V., Rexhepi, G., Gërguri-Rashiti, S., Ibraimi, S. and Dana, L-P. (2014) ‘Ethnic entrepreneurship in Macedonia: the case of Albanian entrepreneurs’, Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 23 (3), 313–335.


Ramadani, V., Gërguri, S., Dana, L. P., & Tašaminova, T. (2013). Women entrepreneurs in the Republic of Macedonia: waiting for directions. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 19(1), 95-121.


Ramadani, V., Hisrich, D R., and Gerguri-Rashiti, S. (2015), “Female entrepreneurs in transition economies: insights from Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo”, World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 11(4), 391-413.


Ratten, V. (2014).Collaborative entrepreneurship and the fostering of entrepreneurialism in developing countries. Int. J. of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 3(2),137-149


Sareshmukh, S. R. & Corbett, A. C. (2011). The duality of internal and external development of successors: Opportunity recognition in family firms, Family Business Review, 24 (2), 111-125


Waldinger, R., Aldrich, H. and Ward, R., (2006) Ethnic Entrepreneurs: Immigrant Business in Industrial Societies, Sage Publication, London


Welsh, D.H.B., Memili, E., Rosplock, K., Roure, J., Seguardo, J. L. (2013). Perceptions of entrepreneurship across generations in family businesses and family offices: A stewardship theory perspective. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 4(3), 213-226