To celebrate Family Business Review’s inaugural review issue, the March 2016 review issue will be open for the next month. In the issue’s editorial, entitled “Oh, the Places We’ll Go! Reviewing Past, Present, and Future Possibilities in Family Business Research,” authors Jeremy C. Short, Pramodita Sharma, G. Thomas Lumpkin, and Allison W. Pearson dive into why this is such an important issue:
You might wonder why we believe now is a particularly promising time to conduct the first review issue of FBR. To understand this question, we would like to backup and take a brief look at the places this research stream has been. While there were only 111 peer-reviewed articles on family business before January 1, 1970, the pace of knowledge creation in this field accelerated in the 1990s yielding over 2,000 articles (Sharma, 2015). In the past 5 years between 2010 and 2014, over 4,000 family business articles were added to the knowledge pool. At this rate, the current decade will likely yield over 8,000 new peer-reviewed journal articles on family business. The increased interest in this field has also yielded returns in the quality of research output. Craig, Moores, Howorth, and Poutziouris (2009) observe that family business research is at a “tipping point” with an unprecedented acceptance in top-tier journals.
With the rapid growth of research in family business across multiple disciplines and outlets, coupled with the growing interest from around the globe (Woolridge, 2015), the field needs a review issue dedicated to unifying the research trends and ideas, looking both historically and toward the future. As the premier journal in family firm research, FBR is uniquely positioned to take that role. While review articles have appeared intermittently over the years, FBR’s 25th anniversary issue published in March (2012) started us along the trajectory of a dedicated review issue to take stock of past research and determine interesting future possibilities for impactful research.
This review issue includes five articles that critically examine 774 scholarly publications to identify the gaps between “what we know” and “what we need to know” concerning key topics and methods of interest to family business scholars. This particular collection of articles places us in the center of the family business research universe because of the breadth and relevance of topics reviewed.
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