Mixed methodology in family business research: Past accomplishments and perspectives for the future

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Journal of Family Business Strategy, ISSN: 1877-8585, Vol: 8, Issue: 3, Page: 185-195

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Timothy M. Reilly; Raymond Jones III
Elsevier BV
Economics, Econometrics and Finance; Business, Management and Accounting
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Family business researchers face several challenges due to the complex nature of the field theoretically and empirically. Mixed methods are well suited to answer why questions and often provide insight into the mechanisms and boundaries of complex phenomena. We find that utilizing mixed-methodological approaches therefore offers a valuable way for the field to manage the complexity of the family business domain while generating generalizable theoretical insights. We assess the current state of mixed methods in family business research and provide guidelines for conducting rigorous research. Our review comprises 32 publications on family firms that implemented qualitative and quantitative data from 2000 to 2015. Finally we offer a checklist specific to the family business field for authors to use when conducting mixed methods studies.