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International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems
International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems


Special Issue on: "Family Entrepreneurship in Transition and Emerging Economies"

Guest Editors:
Assoc. Prof. Veland Ramadani, South-East European University, Republic of Macedonia
Assoc. Prof. Vanessa Ratten, La Trobe University, Australia
Dr. Ramo Palalic, International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

The aim of this special issue is to broaden discussions on family entrepreneurship in transition and emerging economies. The main focus of this special issue will be innovations, risk management, growth performance, knowledge/technology diffusion, succession and leadership 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; 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; Ramadani et al. 2017). 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).

Both micro- and macro-level studies are welcome for this special issue. 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), 154-170.
  • Product, process, service and business model innovation
  • Dana, L.P. & Dana, T.E. (2005), Expanding the Scope of Methodologies Used in Entrepreneurship Research, International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Small Business, 2 (1), 79-88.

We encourage authors to submit on emerging and ground-breaking topics to diversify and widen research in family entrepreneurship.

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

  • Innovative paradigms in transition and emerging economies
  • Growth performance of family entrepreneurship in transition and emerging economies
  • Triple and/or Quadruple Helix Systems and family firms
  • Knowledge/technology diffusion and family firms
  • Technology networks, technology transfer benefits, risks, models
  • Technological management, role of multiculturalism in family firms
  • Forms of intellectual property in transition and emerging economies
  • Government-funded programmes, grants and cooperative agreements

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:
Veland Ramadani:
Vanessa Ratten:
Ramo Palalic:

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 November, 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: Unraveling family business succession. New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, 10(2), 9-14.


Hacker, J., & Dowling, M., (2012). Succession in Family Firms: How to Improve Family Satisfaction and Family Harmony, International Journal of Entrepreneurship & 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, International Journal of Entrepreneurship & 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.


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., Bexheti, A., Rexhepi, G., Ratten, V., and Ibraimi, S. (2017), Succession Issues in Albanian Family Businesses: Exploratory Research, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 19(3), 294 - 312


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.


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.