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.

Habitual and Portfolio Entrepreneurship and the Family in Business

Habitual and Portfolio Entrepreneurship and the Family in Business

Habitual and portfolio entrepreneurship and the family in business
PeterRosa, CaroleHoworth and Allan DiscuaCruz


It has been observed that the research paths of entrepreneurship and family businesses appear to be fragmented (Anderson et al., 2005). While entrepreneurship is concerned with processes leading to the development of a business venture (either individually or in teams), family business research has been mainly concerned with the sustainability of a family business and its perpetuation through different structures. Despite the parallel evolution of entrepreneurship and family business as separate disciplines, however, an important potential overlap between the two was highlighted early in the 1990s (Brockhaus, 1994; Dyer and Handler, 1994; Hoy and Verser, 1994). From the family business perspective, research agendas were ...

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