Leading Scientific Research on Family Enterprise

Research at the Family Enterprise Center (FEC) is equivalent to an R&D or Innovation Department in a corporation. The knowledge generated from this area of focus is the driving force behind all the center’s education programs and services. The intellectual powerhouse created at the FEC has resulted in more research in our 36 year history than any other family business program. It has literally helped families from around the globe grow and advance, allowing them to continue supporting both their families and their communities.

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Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Daspit, J.J., Chrisman, J.J., Skorodziyevskiy, V., Davis, S.E., & Ashton, T. (2023). Researching family firm heterogeneity: A guide to identifying firm-level categorical and variational differences. The Field Guide to Family Business Research. Editors: Tyge Payne and Keith Brigham.
  • Davis, S.E., Nadkarni, R., Sharma, P., & Chrisman, J.J. (2021). Transgenerational succession in family firms: A psychological perspective. In Theory and Practice of Business Families and Family Businesses. Editor: Tom A. Rüsen. 
  • Medina-Craven, M.N., Marett, E.G., & Davis, S.E. (2021) The willing successor: An exploration of grit and situational cues in family firms. Journal of Family Business Management.  
  • Wang, Z., Randolph, R., Yu, E., Memili, E. (2023) “How does the founding family matter in corporate governance? A study of the entrenchment heterogeneity among S&P 1,500 firms” Journal of Business Research, 154(1), 113362
  • Randolph, R., Alexander, B., Madison, K., & Barbera, F. (2022) “When Family Business Meets Social Enterprise: An Integrative Review and Future Research Agenda” Family Business Review, 35(3), 219-245
  • Randolph, R., Memili E., & Koc, B., Young, S., & Sonmez. (2022) “Innovativeness and Corporate Social Responsibility in Hospitality and Tourism Family Firms: The Role of Family Firm Psychological Capital” International Journal of Hospitality Management, 101, 103-128
  • Randolph, R., Memili, E., Fang, H., & Nayir, D. (2021) “Family and Non-Family Sources of Knowledge Diversity in Family Firms: The Role of Causation Logics” International Small Business Journal, 39(1), 64-85
  • Randolph, R., Hu, H., & Silvernail, K. (2020) “Better the Devil you know: Inter-Organizational Information Technology and Network Social Capital in Coopetition Networks.”  Information & Management, 57(6), 103344
  • Randolph, R., Alexander, B., Debicki, B., & Zajkowski, R. (2019) “Untangling Non-Economic Objectives in Family & Non-Family SMEs: A Goal Systems Approach.” Journal of Business Research, 98, 317-327
  • Randolph, R., Wang, Z., & Memili, E.  (2018) “Entrenchment in Publicly-traded Family Firms: Evidence from the S&P 500.” Long Range Planning, 51(5), 736-749
  • Randolph, R., Li, Z., & Daspit, J. (2017) “Toward a Typology of Corporate Entrepreneurship in Family Firms” Journal of Small Business Management, 55(4), 530-546
  • Debicki, B., Randolph, R., Sobczak, M. (2016) “Socioemotional Wealth and Family Firm Performance: A Stakeholder Approach” Journal of Managerial Issues: Special Issue on Strategic Issues in the Family Firm, 29(1), 82-111