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Qualitative research in family business inquiry
Luxembourg Business Academy, University of Luxembourg.
Centre for Family Business, IEED, Lancaster University Management School.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership.
2014 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In spite of various calls for the application of more qualitative methodologies in family business research, it is our contention that qualitative methodologies are underutilized in family business research. This is evidenced by reference to an annotated bibliography of family business studies which demonstrates not only the dominance of quantitative methods but also a preponderance of multiple-case studies as the most commonly-used qualitative research tool. Our study discusses the kinds of research questions and topics being addressed through qualitative methods, as well as how different qualitative methods are being used in extant family business research. From this, we identify key features that are occurring in the usage of qualitative methods as well as gaps in methodologies not being applied. It is argued that qualitative methods have much to offer than is currently being exploited in family business research and some suggestions are made for new avenues of qualitative research that can take account of contextual factors, processes unfolding over time, meaning-making, the interpretation of interpretation, sense-making, situated actions, discursive positions, interactions or relationality of family dynamics.

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2014.
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-25408OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-25408DiVA: diva2:774113
Conference
IFERA 2014 Annual Conference, June 24 –27, 2014, Lappeenranta, Finland, "Co-operation Within and Amongst Family Businesses"
Available from: 2014-12-22 Created: 2014-12-22 Last updated: 2014-12-22

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