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The Case Study in Family Business: Current Approaches and Suggestions for the Future

Publication Details
Authors: Leppäaho Tanja, Plakoyiannaki Emmanuella, Kampouri Katerina, Paavilainen-Mäntymäki Eriikka
Editors of book: DeMassis, Alfredo; Kammerlander, Nadine
Publishing place: Cheltenham, UK
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Title of parent publication: Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods for Family Business
ISBN: 978-1-78811-644-2
eISBN: 978-1-78811-645-9
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Not an Open Access publication


Despite the potential of qualitative case
research (QCR) to embrace novel research questions and practices, it is
frequently reduced to a single methodological template, namely that of
qualitative positivism. We review and analyse case study practices in family
business (FB), drawing insights from 88 articles
published across various academic outlets. Our results indicate the impact of
the positivistic template as the most
commonly used one with 75 articles, but, interestingly, identify alternatives
captured by interpretivist and critical realist approaches. We conclude with
discussion by problematising the use of templates in FB case research. We
contribute in four ways: First,
we discuss, deconstruct and codify case study practices drawing on exemplars
from FB literature. Second, we discuss common practices among the scholars of
the qualitative positivist template and explain its potential for FB
scholarship. Third, we discuss and outline the potential of alternative case
study perspectives of interpretivism and critical realism. Fourth, we discuss
the potential of multimethod and pluralist approaches
for enriching all the case study approaches currently used.

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