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Journal of Family Business Management

Journal of Family Business Management

ISSN: 2043-6238

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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Editorial objectives

Journal of Family Business Management (JFBM) is a refereed journal publishing since 2011. JFBM provides broad and unrivalled coverage of all aspects of family business. JFBM offers a unique focus on behavioural and applied research, particularly considering the impact of research on policy and practice; it aims to communicate the latest family business research and knowledge worldwide for the benefit of scholars and family business practitioners. JFBM eagerly solicits work from new scholars and in particular encourages early stage scholars to consider submitting a literature review summary, a new type of scholarly article explained in a document entitled a new type of literature review, which JFBM is pioneering. Other articles unique to JFBM are our ‘In conversation with’ series which provides insights from practicing family business advisors about how they are using theory in their practice now. JFBM aims to stimulate dialogue between scholars and practitioners in a timely manner.

The family business arena is dynamic. Family business owners, managers, and practitioners need to be aware of changing management approaches, processes and strategies which allow them to respond to global competition in an increasingly chaotic world, while keeping in mind the unique character, culture, and attributes of family owned businesses.

Journal of Family Business Management is endorsed by the Family and Smaller Enterprises Research Group at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh; the Center for Family and Small Enterprises at the University of Texas at Tyler in the United States; and the International Centre for Families in Business in the United Kingdom.

Editorial criteria

JFBM publishes original, interdisciplinary, empirical, conceptual, and theoretical research on all aspects of family business. This includes research articles; high quality case studies highlighting particular successes or problems in processes or techniques; literature review summaries; ‘research notes’ providing short, digestible information of current research projects and debate; book reviews and/or evaluation of other literature in the field; and practitioner commentaries providing a practitioner view of research developments; conceptual papers; viewpoint papers. All rigorous research methods including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodology articles are welcome.  All articles will be expected to include implications in regards to society and more importantly policy.

Systems of approach and methodological concerns

Although we are an interdisciplinary journal, we seek to publish articles from the perspective of social and behavioral science. Such disciplines include management, organizational behaviour, psychology, economics, and sociology. We also seek to publish articles from the perspective of practitioners, such as family business owners, consultants, and service providers. We publish articles that use any research methodology seeking the proliferation of knowledge in the realm of family business management. All forms of empirical findings; qualitative, quantitative, or mix-methodologies are welcome.  We will consider research that is conducted on all sizes of family firms from micro/small to large.


The coverage of the journal includes, but is not limited to:

  • Generational differences
  • Gender issues
  • Family dynamics
  • New/best practice and interventions
  • Policy effects and issues
  • Work-life balance; hours worked, vacation/time, burn-out, guilt, workoholism
  • Strategic planning and organizational changes in family firms
  • Corporate governance and strategy in family business
  • Impact of family dynamics on management behaviours
  • Organizational structures
  • Family business decision making
  • Belief Systems in the family enterprise – religious, political, or philosophical (congruent/discordant)
  • Performance
  • Top management team
  • Financial issues, financial management
  • Resource allocation and leveraging
  • International family-owned business
  • Ethics; norms, mores, and morality issues
  • Human capital, social capital
  • Skill acquisition in the family enterprise – training, performance, feedback, growth, and expertise
  • Ethnicity and transnational cultures
  • Globalization trends
  • Communication
  • Conflict prevention/avoidance
  • Succession planning.

Key benefits

  • JFBM is the only journal which brings together thought leadership and applied research conducted by and with practitioners and the academic community and leading actors in the family business arena. Of particular interest are articles jointly written by practitioners and academics in the field, which offer invaluable insights into a diverse range of subjects. A main goal is narrowing the scholar/practitioner gap.
  • Combining rigour through strict peer review, with relevance through a theory-into-practice ethos, JFBM is an essential resource for all involved in this dynamic area.
  • JFBM is the only publication in the field to publish broad-based behavioural research in the field of family business studies.
  • The journal provides a high quality outlet for academic articles on the subject of contemporary issues in family business in three key areas: trends and topical issues; strategy and management; global issues and influences and will inform, and be informed by, practice.
  • The journal provides an innovative and accessible forum for young researchers in this field, publishing a number of ‘research notes’ and ‘literature reviews in brief’ in each issue.
  • 'Practitioner Forums' allow family business owners and service providers to discuss what is relevant and needed to advance the field through real world application.
  • Each issue will include book reviews enabling both scholars and practitioners to benefit from a succinct overview. Readers will benefit from having both a scholar and a practitioner review the same book and highlight comparisons and differences.

What does the field of research think about JFBM?

There is growing criticism that academic research on business is becoming increasingly disconnected from the real-world issues confronting the modern manager. To reconcile this shortcoming, the Journal of Family Business Management (JFBM) offers something rare in the realm of family business literature: functional knowledge.

Through a unique blend of applied research, case studies, practitioner commentaries, and unfolding dialogue centered on effectively managing tomorrow's family firm, JFBM bridges theory and practice, highlights best practices, and puts forth prescriptive intelligence from around the world. By providing a forum for academics, practitioners and policy makers to collectively make their research, views, and experiences relevant, JFBM represents the go-to source for those seeking a legitimate yet accessible source on the opportunities and challenges facing the most ubiquitous organizational form in the world.

Dr Mike Braun, University of Montana, USA

In the past 30 years, research on family business has grown exponentially, but many family business behavioural facets remain unexplored. Current management and entrepreneurship journals increasingly address family business issues but few academic journals are exclusively devoted to the pursuit of family business research. JFBM serves the family business community by contributing to fill this gap in a dual perspective. It provides a high quality outlet for academics to share their research in key areas such as family dynamics, financial policies and governance. It is destined to be a valuable source of learning for academics and practitioners about groundbreaking work in the field. These contributions would make of the journal a promising player on the research scene, sustaining the standing of the family business discipline while enhancing our knowledge on the most ancient and yet prominent type of organizations.

– Dr Rania Labaki, University of Bordeaux IV, France

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Key journal audiences

Due to its interdisciplinary and international focus, JFBM has wide and general appeal, including academic  researchers in the fields of business and management; organizational behavior; psychology; sociology; anthropology; political science;  finance;  economics;  and entrepreneurship; CEOs in family owned SMEs or multi-national corporations; family business practitioners;  law;  public sector management; and worldwide policy makers.

Journal of Family Business Management is indexed and abstracted in:

  • ABI Inform
  • British Library
  • Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Management
  • ReadCube Discover
  • Scopus
  • Summon

Journal of Family Business Management is ranked in:

  • Thomson Reuters Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • VHB-JOURQUAL 3 (Germany)
  • AIDEA (Italy)


Journal of Family Business Management is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Business, Management & Strategy eJournals Collection. For more information, please email or visit the Emerald Business, Management & Strategy eJournals Collection page.

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