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Transgenerational Entrepreneurship: Learning from Long Lived Family Enterprises

Special issue call for papers from Management Research Review

Guest Co-Editors: Frank Hoy, Karla Mendoza-Abarca, Donald Neubaum, Pramodita Sharma


The Special Issue will highlight the most frequently occurring, but under-researched enterprise form: family businesses. Various theories and models are developing which not only guide families in businesses to better performance, but also provide lessons for non-family organizations. Specifically, the Special Issue focuses on entrepreneurial strategies and behaviors in family firms.

Imporatant Dates

• Deadline for Submission of Papers:  October 1, 2014 
• Notification of Decision:   December 15, 2014  
• Final Papers Due:    January 31, 2015   
• Expected Publication Date:   April, 2015 

Research Themes

Not long ago, research on family businesses was all about the problems they encountered and how to professionalize the enterprises. In their breakthrough study, Managing for the Long Run: Lessons in Competitive Advantage From Great Family Businesses, Danny Miller and Isabelle Le Breton-Miller documented that many family-owned and controlled companies outlive and out-perform their competitors. This led to new research initiatives investigating the practices of multigenerational family firms. In the past decade, scholars have been presenting the results of their studies in this research stream at the International Family Enterprise Research Academy and at the Family Enterprise Research Conference. Over forty universities joined together in the Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) project, submitting research case studies examining how family firms have survived through generational transitions. These investigations are at an early stage, presenting the opportunity for important new contributions to grasping the lessons that family firms may be able to teach one another as well as non-family organizations.

Papers submitted for the Special Issue should develop, test or extend theory. A non-exclusive list of theories and models that have been found applicable to family business longevity and performance include the resource-based view (RBV), entrepreneurial orientation (EO), agency theory, stewardship theory, socioemotional wealth (SEW), sustainable family business theory, familiness, and more.

The Special Issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 2014 Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC 2014), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

We encourage the submission of empirical, conceptual and literature review papers using diverse theoretical and methodological approaches. Suitable topics include but are not limited to:

• Longevity and continuity of family firms
• Practices of enterprising families
• Internationalization of family firms
• Institutional perspectives on family business research
• Cross-national differences in family business characteristics
• Innovation and entrepreneurship in family firms
• Cross-cultural studies
• Responsibility and sustainability issues in family firms
• Public policy, economic development and growth of family firms
• Impact of regional environments on family firms
• Governance challenges of family firms
• Leadership issues in family firms
• The role of trust in family firms
• Human resource management issues and challenges in family firms
• Marketing strategies of family firms
• Financial strategies of family firms
• Communicating and maintaining family values in the life of the firm
• Ethical issues in transitions
• Building and transferring social capital
• Portfolio entrepreneurship by families

Management Research Review, published by Emerald, is a peer reviewed academic journal, which has been in publication for over 34 years. Its emphasis is to publish internationally focused management research studies that have timely results and implications of research, with rapid feedback and turnaround time.

Guidelines for Authors

Articles should be about 6,000 words in length, longer papers will be considered. Further information and guidelines for authors are listed at:
Submissions to be made via the journal website at Please make sure in your communications and covering letter to identify that your submission is for the “Special Issue – Transgenerational Entrepreneurship”.

Guest Co-Editors Contact Details

Frank Hoy, Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, email: [email protected]
Karla Mendoza-Abarca, Assistant Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, email: [email protected]
Donald Neubaum, Associate Dean, Oregon State University, email: [email protected]
Pramodita Sharma, Professor, University of Vermont, email: [email protected]