Submissions are welcome that take the unique characteristics of family firms into account and that move beyond the idea of one-size-fits-all ‘best practices’ by addressing how family firms develop HR practices, take advantage of them, and bundle their practices into HR systems. By exploring these areas it is hoped to sharpen the theoretical underpinnings of the debate on HRM in family firms. Moreover, a contribution to an understanding of if/how family firms use HR practices to proactively address environmental dynamics, demographic change or innovation should be given.
Example questions regarding practices of HRM in family firms:
- Do family firms use different practices of HRM than non-family firms (e.g., more informal, cultural or complex)?
- How do different bundles of HR practices relate to the pursuit and achievement of financial or non-financial goals?
- Are family firms more effective in the design of high-performance work systems than nonfamily firms?
Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 31.10.2017
Editors of the Special Issue: Andreas Hack (University of Bern, Switzerland & Witten/Herdecke University), Franz W. Kellermanns (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, U.S. & WHU) and Christina Hoon (Bielefeld University).