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.

Valenza Giuseppe, Caputo Andrea, Calabrò Andrea (2021). Is small and medium-sized beautiful? The structure and evolution of family SMEs research. JOURNAL OF FAMILY BUSINESS MANAGEMENT [10.1108/JFBM-03-2021-0024].

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

Valenza Giuseppe;
2021-01-01

Abstract

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
Valenza Giuseppe, Caputo Andrea, Calabrò Andrea (2021). Is small and medium-sized beautiful? The structure and evolution of family SMEs research. JOURNAL OF FAMILY BUSINESS MANAGEMENT [10.1108/JFBM-03-2021-0024].
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