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International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business
International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business


Special Issue on: "Family Businesses in Global Competition"

Guest Editors:
Britta Boyd, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Susanne Royer, University of Flensburg, Germany

Family business research has developed over the past decade but is still an emerging field of study. Family firms have been of interest to management researchers where topics such as succession, corporate governance and strategic management have received particular attention. The complexity of family businesses results in studies investigating how they are similar to or different from other types of organisations. Internationalisation, performance, innovation and entrepreneurial orientation were topics of special interest but with controversial results.

In a globalised economy, family firms try to compete against large multinational companies. The contribution of family businesses to international markets depends on how they can strengthen their family-specific resources or familiness. This bundle of resources can create competitive advantage for family firms going or already acting international.

We invite contributions to this special issue which attempts to explore family business in a global environment. The goal is therefore to collect a number of valuable papers that investigate the role and contribution of family firms in global competition. Understanding the differences of family businesses and how they are strategically managed will lead to implications for competitiveness in globalised economies. Both conceptual and empirical papers are welcome.

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

  • Strategy and performance
  • Internationalisation and entry modes
  • Innovation and entrepreneurial orientation of family firms
  • Case studies illustrating the role of family businesses in global competition
  • Succession and corporate governance in international family firms
  • Resources of family firms and familiness
  • Traditions in international family businesses

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.

There will be a first review round of extended abstracts (maximum 500 words), which should be emailed to the Guest Editors:
Britta Boyd:
Susanne Royer:

The authors of selected abstracts will be asked to submit their full papers online (see Submitting articles).

Important Dates

Submission of extended abstracts (max. 500 words): 31 October, 2015

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 30 November, 2015

Submission of full papers following acceptance of abstracts: 31 January, 2016

Notification of acceptance, refusal or revision of full papers: 31 March, 2016

Submission of accepted and revisited final papers: 30 April, 2016