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Humanistic Management Journal

Humanistic Management Journal

Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pirson

ISSN: 2366-603X (print version)
ISSN: 2366-6048 (electronic version)

Journal no. 41463

Humanistic Management Journal Special Issue

Humanistic Management and Family Businesses: Challenges, Perspectives, and Opportunities

Submission Deadline (Journal): December 30, 2018

Guest editors: 

Ernestina Giudici, University of Cagliari (Italy)
Floris Michela, University of Cagliari (Italy)
Cinzia Dessì, University of Cagliari (Italy)

Humanistic Management Journal Special Issue 

Call for Papers

In a broad sense, Humanistic Management (HM) focuses on the centrality of people and human aspects in managing organizations, especially in terms of flourishing and well-being (Melé 2016, Pirson 2017). In this perspective, HM is a need for good management (Rosanas 2008) and, at the same time, a challenge to achieve a higher ethical quality in management (Melé 2003a), creating a “value-based management” (Anderson 1997) and fostering values in organizations (Argandoña 2003). In accordance to these general statements, it is interesting to investigate whether specific organizations having a peculiar system of values are able to be a source of inspiration for the others, and above all, understanding which these organizations are. A particular kind of firms represent a relevant starting point: the family business. This firm, in which family is the essence, possesses a complex of values that lead to a good ethical conduct (Koiranen 2002). An increasing number of contributions analyze family business values (Arregle, Hitt et al. 2007, Ling, Zhao et al. 2007, Klein 2008, Sharma and Nordqvist 2008, Tàpies and Ward 2008, Aronoff and Ward 2011), by understanding the relationship between family and business values, antecedents to values, and how values relate to family and business outcomes (Sorenson 2014). In addition, several studies have highlighted that family businesses pursue non-financial goals (Gomez-Mejia, Cruz et al. 2011), engage stakeholders in the strategic process (Eddleston, Kellermans et al. 2012), and obtain legacy through the imprinting (Jaskiewics, Combs et al. 2015, Kammerlander, Dessì et al. 2015).
With this in mind, this special issue seeks to delineate a theoretical and empirical framework about the relevance of values in family firms in terms of strategy, management and good behaviors. Many interesting questions could be addressed on this topic, with the aim of capturing family firm distinctiveness, providing conceptual and practical aspects that are generalizable to nonfamily businesses (Miller, Steier et al. 2016).
The following questions would constitute suggestions for research endeavors, but are not exclusive:
 How are antecedents of values in family firms relevant to sustained business success?
 How do values and complexity of the family business system interrelate?
 How do value system evolve and affect family business longevity?
 What is the role of founder in sharing and spreading values inside the family owned business?
 What are the main values able to differentiate family businesses from non-family businesses?
 How does family business create value?
 How does psychological ownership determine and affect values dissemination inside and outside the family firm?
 How do family firm values support the evolution and the growth of the firm?
 What are the aspects of family culture that affect “value-based management”?
 How do family values sustain the firm during crisis or when profitability is decreasing?
 What are emergent values able to lead family owned business in the new century?
References/ Sources
Anderson, C. (1997). "Value-Based Management." Academy of Management Executive 11(4): 25-46.
Argandoña, A. (2003). "Fostering Values in Organizations." Journal of Business Ethics 45(1-2): 15-28.
Aronoff, C. and J. Ward (2011). Family Business Values. How to Assure a Legacy of Continuity and Success. New York, Palgrave Mcmillan.
Arregle, J. L., M. A. Hitt, D. G. Sirmon and P. Very (2007). "The Development of Organizationa Social Capital: Attributes of Family Firms." Journal of Management Studies 44(1): 73-95.
Eddleston, K. A., F. W. Kellermans and T. M. Zellweger (2012). "Exploring the Entrepreneurial Behavior of Family Firms: Does the Stewardship Perspective Explain Differences?" Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 36: 327-367.
Gomez-Mejia, L. R., C. Cruz , P. Berrone and J. De Castro (2011). "The Bind that Ties: Socioemotional Wealth Preservation in Family Firms." Academy of Management Annals 5: 653-707.
Jaskiewics, P., J. G. Combs and S. B. Rau (2015). "Entrepreneurship Legacy: Toward a Theory of How Some Family Firm Nurture Transgenerational Entrepreneurship." Journal of Business Venturing 30: 29-49.
Kammerlander, N., C. Dessì , M. Bird , M. Floris and A. Murru (2015). "The Impact of Shared Stories on Family Firm Innovation: A Multi-Case Study." Family Business Review 28: 332-354.
Klein, S. B. (2008). Embeddness of Owner-Managers: the Moderating Role of Values. Family Values and Value Creation: The Fostering of Enduring Values Within Family-Owned Business. J. Tàpies and J. L. Ward. New York, Palgrave Mcmillan: 155-165.
Koiranen, M. (2002). "Over 100 Years of Age But Still Entrepreneurially Active in Business: Exploring the Values and Family Characteristics of Old Finnish Family Firms " Family Business Review 15(3): 175-188.
Ling, Y., H. Zhao and R. A. Baron (2007). "Influence of Founder-CEO's Personal Values on Firm Performance: Moderating Effects of Firm Age and Size." Journal of Management 33(5): 673-696.
Melé, D. (2003a). "The Challenge of Humanistic Management." Journal of Business Ethics 44(44): 77-88.
Melé, D. (2016). "Undestanding Humanistic Management." Humanistic Management Journal 1: 33-55.
Miller, D., L. Steier and L. Breton-Miller (2016). "What Can Scholar of Entrepreneurship Learn from Sound Family Businesses?" Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 40: 445-455.
Pirson, M. (2017). Humanistic Management-Protecting Dignity and Promoting Well Being. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Rosanas, J. (2008). "Beyond Economic Criteria: A Humanistic Approach to Organizational Survival." Journal of Business Ethics 78(3): 447-462.
Sharma, P. and M. Nordqvist (2008). A Classification Scheme for Family Firms: From Family Values to Effective Governance to Firm Performance. Family Values and Value Creation: How do Family-Owned Businesses Foster Enduring Values. J. Tàpies and J. L. Ward. New York, Palgrave Mcmillan. New York: 71-101.
Sorenson, R. L. (2014). Values in Family Business. The Sage Handbook of Family Business. F. Melin , M. Nordqvist and S. Pramodita, Sage.
Tàpies, J. and J. L. Ward (2008). Family Values and Value Creation: How do Family-Owned Businesses Foster Enduring Values. New York, Palgrave Mcmillan.
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    The humanistic management journal focuses on the protection of human dignity and the promotion of human well-being within the context of organizing. Work within the above paradigmatic pillars can focus on the individual, group, organizational, systemic, and philosophical levels. The journal encourages contributions from various disciplinary perspectives representing the consilience of knowledge, e.g. contributions from  psychology, sociology, economics, cybernetics, physics, evolutionary biology, anthropology etc, as well as interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary contributions are encouraged. In similar fashion, perspectives from academia, practice and public policy are encouraged. As social business and entrepreneurship and conscious, regenerative, and cooperative capitalism gain visibility, this is a forum for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers interested in a life-conducive economic system for which humanistic management is critical.

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