The case study in family business: an analysis of current research practices and recommendations

Leppäaho, T., Plakoyiannaki, E. and Dimitratos, P. (2016) The case study in family business: an analysis of current research practices and recommendations. Family Business Review, 29(2), pp. 159-173. (doi:10.1177/0894486515614157)

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In this study we identified and analyzed 75 articles in the family business (FB) literature between 2000 and 2014, focusing on the case study design they adopted. We found the positivistic case study approach to be the FB disciplinary convention. The two alternative approaches of critical realism and interpretivism were used to a significantly lesser extent. We anticipate that in the future the positivistic approach will continue to be used widely. The other two approaches could be employed to a greater extent, thus contributing to scientific pluralism in FB case study research.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dimitratos, Professor Pavlos
Authors: Leppäaho, T., Plakoyiannaki, E., and Dimitratos, P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Family Business Review
Publisher:Sage Publications, Inc.
ISSN (Online):1741-6248
Published Online:16 November 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Family Business Review 29(2): 159-173
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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