Seeking new editorial review and advisory board members

Journal of Family Business Management

Associate Professor Vanessa Ratten, La Trobe University - Australia, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Family Business Management

As the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Family Business Management, I am seeking to further extend the 1) editorial review board which is comprised of individuals who actively review for the journal and the 2) editorial advisory board who do not review but comprise of well-known family business scholars and practitioners who can provide advice about strategy and promote the journal.
If you wish to join 1) the editorial review board or 2) editorial advisory board please email me by May 30th 2023 with the following information:
Email Subject: JFB ERB or EAB
I confirm that I would like to join the ERB or EAB.
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Useful information

1) Joining the Editorial Review Board (ERB)
Below are roles, responsibilities and expectations of the editorial review board members: 
•    The term of office for ERB is three years in the first instance with an option for a further three. 
•    The editor-in-chief or senior associate editors will assign manuscripts to ERB as reviewers. 
•    The members of ERBs are expected to perform at least two and up to four reviews each year. Some ERBs may want to review more than four each year.
•    The members of ERBs are expected to review the manuscripts and return reviews within the expected lead time.
•    The members of ERBs are to help authors to improve the quality and contribution of the manuscripts by providing constructive feedback. 
•    The members of ERBs are expected to update themselves last development of the journal and the field, and their specialized areas of expertise and methodologies. 
•    Non-active ERBs will be removed from the ERB list by the end of the term.
2) Joining the Editorial Advisory Board (EAB):
The EAB is for senior scholars of family business who can provide advice to the editorial team, but they normally do not perform reviews. 


About the Journal of Family Business Management:

The Journal of Family Business Management (JFBM) is a refereed journal publishing since 2011. JFBM provides broad and unrivalled coverage of all aspects of family business. JFBM offers a unique focus on behavioural and applied research, particularly considering the impact of research on policy and practice; it aims to communicate the latest family business research and knowledge worldwide for the benefit of scholars and family business practitioners. Other articles unique to JFBM are our ‘In conversation with’ series which provides insights from practicing family business advisors about how they are using theory in their practice now. JFBM aims to stimulate dialogue between scholars and practitioners in a timely manner. The family business arena is dynamic. Family business owners, managers, and practitioners need to be aware of changing management approaches, processes and strategies which allow them to respond to global competition in an increasingly chaotic world, while keeping in mind the unique character, culture, and attributes of family owned businesses.


Editorial criteria

JFBM publishes original, interdisciplinary, empirical, conceptual, and theoretical research on all aspects of family business. This includes research articles; high quality case studies highlighting particular successes or problems in processes or techniques; literature review summaries; ‘research notes’ providing short, digestible information of current research projects and debate; book reviews and/or evaluation of other literature in the field; and practitioner commentaries providing a practitioner view of research developments; conceptual papers; viewpoint papers. All rigorous research methods including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodology articles are welcome.  All articles will be expected to include implications in regards to society and more importantly policy.

Systems of approach and methodological concerns

Although we are an interdisciplinary journal, we seek to publish articles from the perspective of social and behavioral science. Such disciplines include management, organizational behaviour, psychology, economics, and sociology. We also seek to publish articles from the perspective of practitioners, such as family business owners, consultants, and service providers. We publish articles that use any research methodology seeking the proliferation of knowledge in the realm of family business management. All forms of empirical findings; qualitative, quantitative, or mix-methodologies are welcome.  We will consider research that is conducted on all sizes of family firms from micro/small to large.


The coverage of the journal includes, but is not limited to:
•    Generational differences
•    Gender issues
•    Family dynamics
•    New/best practice and interventions
•    Policy effects and issues
•    Work-life balance; hours worked, vacation/time, burn-out, guilt, workoholism
•    Strategic planning and organizational changes in family firms
•    Corporate governance and strategy in family business
•    Impact of family dynamics on management behaviours
•    Organizational structures
•    Family business decision making
•    Belief Systems in the family enterprise religious, political, or philosophical (congruent/discordant)
•    Performance
•    Top management team
•    Financial issues, financial management
•    Resource allocation and leveraging
•    International family-owned business
•    Ethics; norms, mores, and morality issues
•    Human capital, social capital
•    Skill acquisition in the family enterprise – training, performance, feedback, growth, and expertise
•    Ethnicity and transnational cultures
•    Globalization trends
•    Communication
•    Conflict prevention/avoidance
•    Succession planning

Key Benefits

•    JFBM is the only journal which brings together thought leadership and applied research conducted by and with practitioners and the academic community and leading actors in the family business arena. Of particular interest are articles jointly written by practitioners and academics in the field, which offer invaluable insights into a diverse range of subjects. A main goal is narrowing the scholar/practitioner gap.
•    Combining rigour through strict peer review, with relevance through a theory-into-practice ethos, JFBM is an essential resource for all involved in this dynamic area.
•    JFBM is the only publication in the field to publish broad-based behavioural research in the field of family business studies.
•    The journal provides a high quality outlet for academic articles on the subject of contemporary issues in family business in three key areas: trends and topical issues; strategy and management; global issues and influences and will inform, and be informed by, practice.
•    The journal provides an innovative and accessible forum for young researchers in this field, publishing a number of ‘research notes’ and ‘literature reviews in brief’ in each issue.
•    'Practitioner Forums' allow family business owners and service providers to discuss what is relevant and needed to advance the field through real world application.