Special Issue "Entrepreneurship in Family Business"

A special issue of Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387). This special issue belongs to the section "Entrepreneurship".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ana María Serrano Bedia

Business Administration Department, University of Cantabria, Avda. Los Castros, s/n, 39005 Santander, Spain
Interests: family firms, innovation management, corporate entrepreneurship, operations strategy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Despite the increasing scholarly interest on entrepreneurship and family businesses, research on this topic is still fragmented and needed of further development.  For this reason, we call for theoretical and empirical studies that focus on, but are not limited to, several open issues including:

  • Influence of FB characteristics, institutional and sociocultural contexts in the decision to undertake corporate venturing activities, and identification of factors that could moderate these relationships.
  • Entrepreneurial activities and their effects on FB performance. Identification of firm, family and individual factors that could influence these results.
  • Role of FBs in creating collaborative networks and groups of enterprises as a factor of local or national development.
  • Influence of the organizational culture of FBs in their entrepreneurial behaviour and results.
  • Analysis of the success of corporate entrepreneurship strategies considering a variety of measures.
  • Effects of firm entrepreneurial behaviour at the family and/or individual level of analysis, exploring the possible influence of differences across sociocultural, religious and/or legal contexts in these results.
  • Influence of particular needs, interests and dynamics of the owing family on firm strategies to promote entrepreneurship, exploring if this influence is contingent upon different sociocultural contexts.
  • Influence of gender on family firms´ entrepreneurial dynamics, behaviors and results.
  • Influence of personal traits of the CEO, Top Management Team and/or directors on strategic decisions about entrepreneurship in FBs.

This Special Issue is an opportunity for future studies to fill these gaps and help substantially advance our scholarly understanding of entrepreneurship in FBs.

Prof. Dr. Ana María Serrano Bedia
Guest Editor


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