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New Insights on SMEs: Finance and Family SMEs in a Changing Economic Landscape

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Family Business Management

New insights on SMEs: Finance and Family SMEs in a Changing Economic Landscape


List of Guest Editors:

  • Meles, Antonio (Associate professor of Finance, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy), [email protected];
  • Silva, Mauricio (Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance, Queen Margaret University, UK), [email protected]

The deadline for full paper submission is 31st December 2017. Early submission is encouraged. Papers should be submitted electronically online via the Journal of Family Business Management  submission system at

This special issue aims to make a contribution in the literature related to the SMEs by welcoming both qualitative and quantitative papers that provide new insights financial aspects of family run SMEs within a changing economic landscape. One aspect of this Special Issue is to encourage researchers to think “out of the box”. Stated differently, the Special Issue aims to provide space for manuscripts that well document the phenomenon analyzed and shows “breaking results” with the existing literature.

Specifically, the Guest Editors welcome outputs based on empirical studies, case studies, surveys or panel data, on but not limited to, on any of the following aspects:

  1.  What was and is the effect of credit rationing on SME growth. 
  2. The impact of family ownership on financial decision making
  3. SME dependence on bank financing and associated challenges
  4. Financial structures for SMEs and the advantages/disadvantages of different options
  5. What are the effects of different sources of financing, such as venture capital and crowdfunding, both at the micro and macro level, for family owned and managed SMEs?
  6. The role and the impact of the bank financing for small businesses innovation
  7. How much the relationship lending is important for SMEs in time of crises?

    Further area of interest includes: corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, business sustainability, sustainable development, and the influence of legal structures. Studies will be considered both in comparative, regional, national and international context. All submissions will be subject to a double blind peer review process.