About Family Business Review

Published as a refereed journal since 1988, Family Business Review (FBR) is the leading scholarly publication devoted exclusively to exploration of the dynamics of family-controlled enterprise, including firms ranging in size from the very large to the relatively small. FBR is focused not only on the entrepreneurial founding generation, but also on family enterprises in the 2nd and 3rd generation and beyond, including some of the oldest companies in the world. In addition, the journal publishes interdisciplinary research on families of wealth, family foundations and offices.

A refereed journal published by SAGE, FBR has an Impact Factor of 3.824 and a ranking of 28 out of 140 in Business. Source: 2017 Journal Citation ReportsĀ® (Clarivate Analytics, 2018).

FFI members receive an annual subscription to Family Business Review.

Publication of Family Business Review is made possible, in part, by a generous contribution from Resource Management, Inc.

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FFI/Goodman Study on Longevity in Family Firms:
Reframing the Dialogue

In 2007 FFI Fellow Joe Goodman made a generous contribution to FFI for the purposes of revisiting John Ward’s (1987) seminal study on family firm succession. An RFP was sent out and a grant was made to three researchers from the STEP Project (Babson). These researchers (Rob Nason, Babson College; Mattias Nordqvist, Jonkoping International Business School and Thomas Zelleweger, University of St. Gallen) then conducted a study over a three year period, with preliminary results presented at the FFI conference in Chicago.

This FFI/Goodman study questions the wisdom of considering longevity a function of maintaining the family business across generations vs. a new definition of longevity as the ability of the family as an enterprise to stay viable across generations, creating family legacies and new competitive futures for multiple.

This research has since resulted in an article, “From Longevity of Firms to Transgenerational Entrepreneurship of Families: Introducing Family Entrepreneurial Orientation”.