Developing theory-grounded family business research: Some suggestions

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Theoretically grounded research is important for the continued development and growth of the family business field. This article identifies some recurring problems observed in theory building and testing in family business research and how to best avoid them. The discussion highlights the importance of understanding theories' assumptions, propositions and boundaries as well as the need to contextualize arguments, designs, analysis and interpretations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Family Business Strategy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

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  • Context
  • Engaged scholarship
  • Family business research
  • Theory building


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