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Qualitative research practices and family business scholarship: A review and future research agenda
University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
Centre for Family Business, Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation, Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster, UK.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3613-4233
2016 (English)In: The Journal of Family Business Strategy, ISSN 1877-8585, E-ISSN 1877-8593, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 8-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In spite of various calls for a wider application of qualitative research in the family business field, it is our contention that the full potential of qualitative inquiry is not being fully realized. Part of the reason for this relates to the tendency to promote methods choice and diversity rather than addressing the foundational questions and processes which underlie qualitative research choices. These tendencies obscure attention to the reasons why researchers choose qualitative methods and the kinds of foundational issues about family businesses that are brought to light through qualitative research. To address this, we undertake an analysis of the most-cited articles using qualitative methods from an annotated bibliography of family business studies. From this, we identify the strengths and weaknesses of extant qualitative studies in family business research and argue for the need to re-orientate calls in family business research towards the foundational questions (rather than methods) that underline qualitative inquiry. 

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 7, no 1, p. 8-25
Keywords [en]
Epistemology, Family business, Future research, Interpretivism, Qualitative methods, Qualitative research
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-40873DOI: 10.1016/j.jfbs.2015.08.001ISI: 000401881800003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84959453185Local ID: IHHCeFEOISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-40873DiVA, id: diva2:1228599
Available from: 2018-06-28 Created: 2018-06-28 Last updated: 2018-06-28Bibliographically approved

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