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Paradigms and theory building in the domain of business families

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Moores, K. (2009). Paradigms and theory building in the domain of business families. Family business review, 22(2), 167-180.

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2009 HERDC submission. FoR code: 1503

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This article argues the bona fides of the study of family business as a standalone discipline. Using a widely accepted evolutionary process for the development of scientific disciplines and an established theory-building methodology, the author introduces a theoretically robust explanation of the domain of business families. Established theories widely acknowledged as having relevance to business families are meshed with the universally accepted three-circle Venn diagram-based paradigm to illustrate both the stage of the discipline in theory building terms and an evolutionary path to further develop a theory of the business family domain.

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