SAGE Handbook on Family Business

Melin L., Nordqvist M., Sharma P.
Sage, 2013



Leif Melin, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
Mattias Nordqvist, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
Pramodita Sharma, University of Vermont, USA


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The SAGE Handbook of Family Business captures the conceptual map and state-of-the-art thinking on family business - an area experiencing rapid global growth in research and education since the last three decades.

Edited by the leading figures in family business studies, with contributions and editorial board support from the most prominent scholars in the field, this Handbook reflects on the development and current status of family enterprise research in terms of applied theories, methods, topics investigated, and perspectives on the field's future.

The SAGE Handbook of Family Business is divided into following six sections, allowing for ease of navigation while gaining a multi-dimensional perspective and understanding of the field.

  • Part I: Theoretical perspectives in family business studies
  • Part II: Major issues in family business studies
  • Part III: Entrepreneurial and managerial aspects in family business studies
  • Part IV: Behavioral and organizational aspects in family business studies
  • Part V: Methods in use in family business studies
  • Part VI: The future of the field of family business studies

By including critical reflections and presenting possible alternative perspectives and theories, this Handbook contributes to the framing of future research on family enterprises around the world. It is an invaluable resource for current and future scholars interested in understanding the unique dynamics of family enterprises under the rubric of entrepreneurship, strategic management, organization theory, accounting, marketing or other related areas.