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Family entrepreneurship as a field of research: exploring its contours and contents.

Randerson, Kathleen; Bettinelli, Cristina; Fayolle, Alain; Anderson, Alistair R.


Kathleen Randerson

Cristina Bettinelli

Alain Fayolle

Alistair R. Anderson


This research note presents some food for thought about linking and relating the family, family business and entrepreneurship fields. Although each field has developed an important body of knowledge and some work has been done at the intersections, we show that many important questions remain unanswered. We first offer a brief review of the main research streams and perspectives in the topic areas, shedding light on the significant contributions and highlighting some outstanding research questions. We then examine the intersection of all three fields and offer recommendations on how these might be researched. We propose theories, perspectives, methods, epistemological stances as well as interesting questions for further investigation.


RANDERSON, K., BETTINELLIB, C., FAYOLLE, A. and ANDERSON, A. 2015. Family entrepreneurship as a field of research: exploring its contours and contents. Journal of family business strategy [online], 6(3), pages 143-154. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 29, 2015
Online Publication Date Aug 29, 2015
Publication Date Sep 30, 2015
Deposit Date Feb 26, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 30, 2016
Journal Journal of family business strategy
Print ISSN 1877-8585
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 3
Pages 143-154
Keywords Family business; Family; Entrepreneurship; Family entrepreneurship; Field of research
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