In the latest podcast from Family Business Review, assistant editor Karen Vinton speaks with Tyge Payne of Texas Tech University about the article published in Family Business Review, “Empirics in Family Business Research: Progress, Challenges, and the Path Ahead,” co-authored with Robert E. Evert, John A. Martin, and Michael S. McLeod.
Competent research methods and data analysis are essential components for the progression of family business research. To identify and evaluate empirical trends, and make suggestions for future research, we examine 319 empirical articles published in Family Business Review since 1988. These studies are compared with 146 family business research articles published in top-tier journals not dedicated to family business research over the same time frame. While we substantiate growth in rigor and sophistication, we address specific family business research challenges regarding construct validity, generalizability, causality, temporality, and multilevel issues. Suggestions are provided for future empirical research across six major topical areas.
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G. Tyge Payne, PhD, is a professor of strategic management and Jerry S. Rawls Professor of Management in the Area of Management, Rawls College of Business, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA.
Karen L. Vinton, Ph.D., is assistant editor of FBR and a 1999 Barbara Hollander Award winner and Professor Emeritus of Business at the College of Business at Montana State University, where she founded the University’s Family Business Program. An FFI Fellow, she has served on its Board of Directors and chaired the Body of Knowledge committee.