Purpose: The field of scientific research on small and medium-sized family businesses has been growing exponentially and the aim of this paper is to systematize the body of knowledge to develop an agenda for the future. Design/methodology/approach: Adopting comparative bibliometric analyses on 155 articles (from 1989 until 2018) the authors provide a systematic assessment of the scientific research about small family firms, unveiling the structure and evolution of the field. Bibliographic coupling, co-citation analysis and co-occurrence analysis are adopted to identify the most influential studies and themes. Findings: Four clusters of research are reviewed: succession in family SMEs, performances of family SMEs, internationalization of family SMEs and organizational culture of family SMEs. Originality/value: This paper contributes to the field of family SMEs by providing a systematic analysis of the scientific knowledge. Reviewing those clusters allows to providing avenues and reflections for future research and further practice.

Is small and medium-sized beautiful? The structure and evolution of family SMEs research / Valenza, G.; Caputo, A.; Calabro, A.. - In: JOURNAL OF FAMILY BUSINESS MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 2043-6238. - 2021:ahead-of-print(2021). [10.1108/JFBM-03-2021-0024]

Is small and medium-sized beautiful? The structure and evolution of family SMEs research

Caputo A.;
2021-01-01

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Purpose: The field of scientific research on small and medium-sized family businesses has been growing exponentially and the aim of this paper is to systematize the body of knowledge to develop an agenda for the future. Design/methodology/approach: Adopting comparative bibliometric analyses on 155 articles (from 1989 until 2018) the authors provide a systematic assessment of the scientific research about small family firms, unveiling the structure and evolution of the field. Bibliographic coupling, co-citation analysis and co-occurrence analysis are adopted to identify the most influential studies and themes. Findings: Four clusters of research are reviewed: succession in family SMEs, performances of family SMEs, internationalization of family SMEs and organizational culture of family SMEs. Originality/value: This paper contributes to the field of family SMEs by providing a systematic analysis of the scientific knowledge. Reviewing those clusters allows to providing avenues and reflections for future research and further practice.
2021
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Valenza, G.; Caputo, A.; Calabro, A.
Is small and medium-sized beautiful? The structure and evolution of family SMEs research / Valenza, G.; Caputo, A.; Calabro, A.. - In: JOURNAL OF FAMILY BUSINESS MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 2043-6238. - 2021:ahead-of-print(2021). [10.1108/JFBM-03-2021-0024]
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