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Enhancing policies and measurements of family business: Macro, meso or micro analysis

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Family Business Management

The submission portal for this special issue will open May 1, 2020.

Guest Editors:
Vanessa Ratten, Associate Professor, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
[email protected]

Paul Jones, Professor, Swansea University, United Kingdom
[email protected]

Editor-in-Chief: Claire Seaman

The word ‘family business’ has different meanings depending on the cultural and social context (Camfield and Franco, 2019). There have been significant changes in society with regards to the meaning of family that have influenced the family business literature and practice. For this reason, it is timely and important to focus on the micro, macro and meso levels of analysis in terms of how family business is defined. This will help improve policies regarding the management of family businesses but also provide insight into future developments (Boateng, Silva and Seaman, 2019). At the micro level, family businesses have typically been measured through financial performance indicators that are easy to obtain (Williams, 2018; Yu, Lumpkin, Parboteeah and Stambaugh,2019). However, some family businesses have complex structures making them hard to study in terms of obtaining data about their management practices (Felix and David, 2019). For this reason, it is important to try and develop new performance indicators about what the role of family business is in society and how it can be measured (Tarling, Jones and Murphy, 2016). To do this new approaches in measuring family business is needed that take into account the context. At the macro level, country level policies have either helped or hampered family business. This is due to the societal understanding about the significance of family business in the global economy. In both developing and developed countries, family businesses are seen as pivotal structures of society as they contribute to economic progress. But less is known about new forms of family business particularly those that take into account diversity practices and are more inclusive in meaning (Ratten and Tajeddini, 2017; Saidat, Silva and Seaman, 2019). Thus, new measurement strategies about how to define a family business are needed at the country level and also regional level in order to better inform practice (Ratten, Ramadani, Dana, Hisrich and Ferreira, 2017). At the meso level, there have been significant changes in family structures from multi-generational families to families not just by blood but also through emotional and social connections (Hillebrand, 2019). Thus, it is very interesting to research how societal trends have affected family business and the changing meanings of family business (McLarty, Vardaman and Barnett, 2019). This will help to forecast and predict changes in the way family business is measured in society (Ratten, Ramadani, Dana, Hoy and Ferreira, 2017).

Topics for the Special Issue

  • Changing societal perceptions of the meaning of family business
  • New emerging trends with regards to structure and management of family business
  • Context on family business measurement
  • Different cultural definitions of family business
  • The influence of diversity policies on the formation of family business
  • Regional policies affecting the development of family business

Examples of possible topics can include:

  • Succession planning based on family business definition
  • Developed and developing country definitions of family business
  • Financial and non-financial measurements of family business
  • Government and regulatory influences on the meaning of family business
  • Emerging societal trends with regards to family business

Author submission deadline: 31st July 2020 
Notification to authors of decision: 15th September 2020
Deadline for authors' revisions: 15th November  2020
Notification to authors of decision: 30th December 2020
Deadline for 2nd revisions: 1st March 2021  
Final acceptance of papers and wrap up of special issue: 1st May 2021

Submissions should be accompanied by an assurance of originality and exclusivity and should adhere to the ‘Style and Format’ author guidelines that can be found on the journal’s website at:

All submissions are through the online submission system ScholarOne. Full submission details are in the author guidelines. Please ensure you submit to this special issue using the appropriate dropdown menu on ScholarOne.

All submissions will be subject to a rigorous double-blind peer review process, with one or more of the guest editors acting as action editor.

For further information, please contact either of the guest editors for this special issue.

Boateng, B., Silva, M., & Seaman, C. (2019). Financing decisions of migrant family businesses: the case of a Ghanaian-owned shop in Kent. Journal of Family Business Management, 9(1), 24-39.

Camfield, C., & Franco, M. (2019). Theoretical framework for family firm management: Relationship between personal values and professionalization and succession. Journal of Family Business Management, 9(2), 201-227.

Fėlix, E. G. S., & David, D. S. T. (2019). Performance of family-owned firms: the impact of gender at the management level. Journal of Family Business Management, 9(2), 228-250.

Hillebrand, S. (2019). Innovation in family firms–a generational perspective. Journal of Family Business Management, 9(2), 126-148.

McLarty, B. D., Vardaman, J. M., & Barnett, T. (2019). Congruence in exchange: The influence of supervisors on employee performance in family firms. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 43(2), 302-321.

Ratten, V., & Tajeddini, K. (2017). Innovativeness in family firms: an internationalization approach. Review of International Business and Strategy, 27(2), 217-230.

Ratten, V., Ramadani, V., Dana, L. P., Hisrich, R. D., & Ferreira, J. (Eds.). (2017). Gender and Family Entrepreneurship. Routledge.

Ratten, V., Ramadani, V., Dana, L. P., Hoy, F., & Ferreira, J. (2017). Family entrepreneurship and internationalization strategies. Review of International Business and Strategy, 27(2), 150-160.

Saidat, Z., Silva, M., & Seaman, C. (2019). The relationship between corporate governance and financial performance: Evidence from Jordanian family and nonfamily firms. Journal of Family Business Management, 9(1), 54-78.

Tarling, C., Jones, P., & Murphy, L. (2016). Influence of early exposure to family business experience on developing entrepreneurs. Education+ Training, 58(7/8), 733-750.

Williams Jr, R. I. (2018). Measuring family business performance: research trends and suggestions. Journal of Family Business Management, 8(2), 146-168.

Yu, A., Lumpkin, G. T., Parboteeah, K., & Stambaugh, J. E. (2019). Autonomy and family business performance: The joint effect of environmental dynamism and national culture. International Small Business Journal, 37(2), 153-185.