The modern family business
Collins, L. (2012) The modern family business. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230297913
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Family business research is dominated by a small number of scholars from a relatively small number of academic institutions (Debecki et at. 2009). This concentration of scholars is focused in the US and Canada with 17 of the 25 top schools being located in these countries (Debecki et al. 2009). Five years ago in the UK, Family Business was relatively unheard of in management studies circles. While academics in the US have been investigating and studying the phenomenon for years, interest in the subject has only just begun to filter into the UK management academic’s psyche and vernacular. UK academics have begun to recognise the unique qualities and managerial challenges that family businesses face and are beginning to give more time to investigating these challenges and characteristics. While the US has taught family business courses for many years, and it has an active network of family business advisors and a national recognition that family business is important to the US economy, the UK and Europe have lagged behind. This book is a response to this situation and also hopefully a contribution to the discussions about management issues facing the modern family business.
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