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Special Issue on: "The Family-Driven Entrepreneurial Venture: Is There a Link Between the Family Background and the Entrepreneurial Behaviour of a Family Business?"

Guest Editors:
Matti Koiranen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Stefan Märk, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Ilse Matser, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

This special issue seeks manuscripts that tackle the question: “What is the current state of the art in entrepreneurship and family business research”? Since Landsberg (1982) revealed that there are more benefits for a company than having just one entrepreneur, an increasing number of researchers have tried to integrate the “family” concept into their work.

The issue should be of interest to researchers with specialisation in the fields of family business and entrepreneurship, or related fields. The internationalisation process of family business research is an emerging research area. An increasing number of institutions worldwide are examining the significance of disseminating their research in order to look at the peculiarities of family businesses. In our opinion, it is necessary to facilitate knowledge transfer between researchers globally.

The central theme of IJEV is "The Entrepreneurial Venture" (Sahlmann/Stevenson/Roberts/Bhidé). In this view, entrepreneurship can be viewed as the concentration of opportunity, growth and value creation regardless of company size, age or kind. To understand this, it can be very helpful to take into account the role the family of the entrepreneur plays. Can an entrepreneurial family background be a valuable resource? How do family, business and ownership, as interrelated subsystems, influence the entrepreneurial behaviour of a firm? And how can this be sustainable in trans-generational succession?

The issue itself is built on two major research streams. Firstly, the “traditional entrepreneur”, and secondly the “traditional entrepreneur who is inseparable from his business family or family business.” It very much welcomes authors who link entrepreneurship research and family firm research.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • The entrepreneur and his/her theoretical role in a family business
  • The definition of family business
  • Critical factors involved in moving a company into a new family generation
  • Knowledge as an underestimate factor in family business.
  • Interdisciplinary research: family business as seen through the lens of other research disciplines
  • Regional differences in family business
  • New methodological approaches in family business research
  • Arrangements in family business for generational transitions
  • Role playing in family business
  • Managing my own business: is this a contradiction?
  • The social aspects of family businesses : implications for "trans-generational" processes
  • The internal and external networks in family business as a resource for transferring the company to the next generation

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 was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

First paper submission deadline: 30 August, 2009

Notification of acceptance for second review process: 15 September, 2009.

Submission of amended papers: 15 November, 2009.

Notification of final acceptance: 10 January, 2010.