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.

Governance in Family Firms: A Review and Research Agenda

Governance in family firms: A review and research agenda
SanjayGoel, liroJussila and TuuliIkäheimonen

Introduction

It can be fairly said that family business research is perhaps first and foremost a study of a specific ownership and governance form. Over the past twenty years or so, governance of family business has been studied extensively, in management as well as economics, finance, and accounting areas, contributing largely to the definition of family business as a specific and distinctive field (e.g., Chen and Hsu, 2009; Daily and Dollinger, 1992; Habbershon and Pistrui, 2002; Sharma, 2004). An important realization in this discussion is that the distinctive and heterogeneous features of a family business also imply that governance in a family firm can potentially be ...

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