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International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business


Special Issue on: "Family Business"

Guest Editor:
Matti Koiranen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Family firms are the backbone and engine of most economies. Their role in economy is crucial - not least in innovation and job creation. In family business systems, business, family and ownership are interrelated. Changes in one sub-system typically have an impact on the other sub-system(s). A big majority of all family firms are small or medium-sized businesses, and a big majority of small and medium-sized firms are family firms. Therefore, there is a large intersection between entrepreneurship, small business and family business studies.

This special issue will focus on family business from entrepreneurship and/or small business perspective. Both micro and macro level studies are invited. Also both quantitative and qualitative approaches are welcome. We also encourage writers to come forward with emerging and frame-breaking topics to diversify and widen family business research.

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

  • Entrepreneurial start-ups of family firms
  • Innovation and growth in family enterprises
  • Performance of family firms
  • Ownership and governance
  • Resources of family firms
  • Family and business and ownership and the dynamic relation between those
  • Succession and inter-generational challenges
  • Longevity vs. "child mortality" of family enterprises
  • Emerging and frame-breaking themes in and for family business research

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.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 31 July, 2014

Notification to authors: 30 September, 2014

Final versions due by: 30 November, 2014