A Systematic Literature Review of the Overseas Chinese family business : The past, present and future
Teh, Benjamin Eng Seng (2016) A Systematic Literature Review of the Overseas Chinese family business : The past, present and future. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)]
The literature of the family business field has been around for quite some time. However, the increasingly attention on China has led to the growth of the literature of the Asian family business literature, notably East Asian and South East Asian family business. Gedajlovic et al. (2012) argues that while there is a growth in the body of the family business research by leading journals, the work that has been done does not fully integrate with organizational sciences. Several authors argues the need of a revolutionary and innovative methodology, along with a more diversified subjects and sample and in a larger geographical coverage. This also calls for an understanding on the knowledge of the past as in to build on for an even better future research work (Benavides-Velasco et al., 2013; Litz et al., 2012). This paper puts forth the viewpoint of a comparative analysis of the overseas Chinese family business field in complement with the family business research field, given that the ever increasing importance of ethnic Chinese family business globally. The paper will be divided into six parts, where we will first be introduced to the current research field of family business and the overseas Chinese family business. The second part will be the literature review, where it will discuss the directions and trends that has been surrounding the field, and discuss further on the family business and its economic importance, along with the overseas Chinese and the firms. The third part of this paper will look into the methodological aspects of the research work, where we shall utilize the Systematic Literature Review (SLR) in aiding the analysis of the articles that will be used in this comparative study. The fourth part of this paper will be the results and findings that were produced from the analysis in the previous part and this will then lead to the discussion and conclusion of the paper. In this paper, there are few questions that I am seeking to answer. The first would be the current stage of the research field in regarding to theoretical and empirical knowledge. Second, the work that has been done in the family business research field until now. Lastly, the present and future direction of the field of family business research.
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