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Family Firms and the Informal Sector in Developing Economies


Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

Joint Guest Editors
Aleksander Surdej (Cracow University of Economics, Poland) and Marco Cucculelli (Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy)

We are eliciting and inviting papers for a special edition of the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy on "Family firms and informal sector in developing economies" planned to be published in 2017. We are looking for papers that address the role of family firms in the institutional context of developing countries and especially their relationship to informal employment, informal sectors and informal financial systems.


The special edition asks: what are the borders of a family firm in an economy dominated by the informal sector? Do family firms block or facilitate the path to the formalization of business activities? What employment rules dominate in family firms? The special edition wishes to draw on examples from various types of economic activities (such as industry, urban services, rural area businesses), and identity capital businesses (such a migrant family firms), as well as a range of countries in developing areas including Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia.


Suggested topics can include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Formal and informal family firms;
• Family firms and informal entrepreneurial ventures;
• Family firms and informal labour markets;
• Family firms, informal sector and economic productivity
• Formal and informal management rules in family firms
• Informal employment rules and human resources in family firms;
• Informal sources of finance for family firms in countries with shallow financial market;


Submission Instructions


Please send 250-300 word abstracts by 1 June 2017 directly to the Guest Editor: Aleksander Surdej via his email address Aleksander.Surdej@uek.krakow.pl. We intend to let authors know whether their papers will be considered as suitable for the Special Issue within three weeks of this deadline.


Completed papers - between 5,000 to 8,000 words - must be submitted online to the IJSSP journal by the deadline 1 September 2017 using the following ScholarOne link http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijssp. Papers will undergo a regular referee process.


If you have any questions regarding this special issue then please contact Guest Editor Aleksander Surdej via his email address Aleksander.Surdej@uek.krakow.pl.