FFI On Friday | February 02, 2018

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Early Release:

March 2018 Issue of FBR

We are pleased to provide you with an advance look at the March 2018 issue of Family Business Review (FBR).

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Looking Back and Moving On

G. Tyge Payne, Pramodita Sharma

The year 2017 continued to reinforce the anchoring position of FBR in family business studies. Key metrics and trends of FBR indicate a strong, stable journal that is widely read and supported by a dedicated and growing community of scholars. If the best predictor of future performance is past performance, then we are optimistic about the future of FBR. Indeed, in a typical family business tradition, we hope to leverage our past successes to help us continue to expand our status and reputation within the scholarly business community.

Special Issue Introduction:
Family Business Research as a Boundary Spanning Platform: An Introduction

Daniel Holt, Alison Pearson, G. Tyge Payne, Pramodita Sharma

FBR’s first review introduction article in 2016 noted that “family business is on the threshold of its next era” with the included reviews representing “the past, present, and future of family business research”. Building on this legacy, it is our hope that the manuscripts in this issue can be leveraged to fulfill the aspirations that “family business scholars are poised to help build the foundation of knowledge” for topics that have “positive implications for individuals, families, organizations, and societies.”

Daniel Holt
Mississippi State University

Allison W. Pearson
Mississippi State University

G. Tyge Payne
Texas Tech University

Pramodita Sharma
University of Vermont


The Intersection of Family Firms and Institutional Contexts: A Review and Agenda for Future Research

Sohrab Soleimanof, Matthew W. Rutherford, Justin W. Webb

Research Questions:

    • How are family firms’ behaviors and outcomes influenced by their institutional contexts?


    • How can family firms influence their institutional contexts and contribute to the institutional changes and developments in their contexts?


  • What are the major gaps in our understanding about the interactions between family firms and institutional contexts?

Sohrab Soleimanof
Mississippi State University

Matthew W. Rutherford
Oklahoma State University

Justin W. Webb
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Nonfamily Members in Family Firms: A Review and Future Research Agenda

William Tabor, James J. Chrisman, Kristen Madison, James M. Vardaman

Research Questions:

    • What is the state of knowledge on nonfamily members in family firms?


  • Where might future research efforts on nonfamily members be directed to fill gaps in our understanding?

William Tabor
Mississippi State University

James J. Chrisman
Mississippi State University

Kristen Madison
Mississippi State University

James M. Vardaman
Mississippi State University

Unlocking the Black Box of Family Business Advising: Insights from Psychology

Vanessa M. Strike, Alexandra Michel, Nadine Kammerlander

Research Questions:

    • How is advice input linked to advice output?


    • What are the underlying mechanisms and internal structures of the advising process?


    • What do we already know about family firm advising and what is still missing?


  • How can family firm advising research benefit from extant knowledge on advising generated by psychology?

Vanessa M. Strike
University of British Columbia

Alexandra Michel
University of Bern

Nadine Kammerlander
WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management

More Than Meets the Eye: A Review and Future Directions for the Social Psychology of Socioemotional Wealth

David S. Jiang, Franz W. Kellermanns, Timothy P. Munyon, M. Lane Morris

Research Questions:

    • What do we know about what socioemotional wealth is; how it functions; and within whom it resides in family firms?


    • To what extent has the socioemotional wealth literature become reified (i.e., taken-for-granted in ways that an abstract concept that is caused by human activity is used as a concrete concept that is devoid of the human activity that caused it) by family business scholars?


  • There is a need to integrate SEW and social psychology theories (e.g. social comparison theory; goal systems theory; broaden-and-build theory) in order to better understand SEW’s social, motivational, cognitive, affective and behavioral underpinnings and causal relationships.

David S. Jiang
Georgia Southern University

Franz W. Kellermanns
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Timothy P. Munyon
University of Tennessee

M. Lane Morris
University of Tennessee

Dates to remember

February 15

Join members and friends for a regional reception with the FFI board of directors and the 2018 conference committee at Park Plaza Riverbank in London

February 17

GEN 503 — Tools for Positive Change in Family Business Systems: Analysis and application, presented in London

February 22

Midwest Chapter Event

February 23

Last day to enroll in a Q1 GEN course

March 1

Last day to submit for the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award

March 21

Last day to register for the annual global conference in London at the Special Winter rate

April 15 – Last day to:

Submit a paper for the Best Unpublished Research Paper Award

Submit a nomination for an Achievement Award

Apply for a GEN scholarship