You don’t need to look far to appreciate the fast-growing impact of family business research. Outstanding contributions like Chua et al.’s (1999) seminal definition paper, Schulze et al.’s (2001) analysis of agency costs in family firms, Anderson and Reeb’s (2001) study of family firm performance, Gomez-Mejia et al.’s (2007) paper on socioemotional wealth, and Miller and Le Breton-Miller’s (2005) best-selling book “Managing for the long run”, just to cite some, played a crucial role for the growth and impact of family business research. But who appear to be the next “rising stars” of the field?

Citation patterns are highly unpredictable, but a look at the 10 most cited papers published respectively in the last three years (according to Web of Science) offers a sneak peek into the recent contributions that have the potential to shape the future of our field.

-2017-

Why Is Family Firms’ Internationalization Unique? A Meta-Analysis
Arregle, JL; Duran, P; Hitt, MA; van Essen, M
ENTREPRENEURSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Disentangling Family Heterogeneity to Advance Family Business Research
Jaskiewicz, P; Dyer, WG
FAMILY BUSINESS REVIEW

Stewardship Climate Scale: An Assessment of Reliability and Validity
Neubaum, DO; Thomas, CH; Dibrell, C; Craig, JB
FAMILY BUSINESS REVIEW

Religious Belief, Corporate Philanthropy, and Political Involvement of Entrepreneurs in Chinese Family Firms
Du, XQ
JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS

Variance in Family Members’ Assessments: The Importance of Dispersion Modeling in Family Firm Research
Holt, DT; Madison, K; Kellermanns, FW
FAMILY BUSINESS REVIEW

Where Do you Want to take your Family Firm? A Theoretical and Empirical Exploratory Study of Family Business Goals
Basco, R
BUSINESS RESEARCH QUARTERLY

Capturing the Familiness of Family Businesses: Development of the Family Influence Familiness Scale (FIFS)
Frank, H; Kessler, A; Rusch, T; Suess-Reyes, J; Weismeier-Sammer, D
ENTREPRENEURSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE

Family Firm(s) Outcomes Model: Structuring Financial and Nonfinancial Outcomes Across the Family and Firm
Holt, DT; Pearson, AW; Carr, JC; Barnett, T
FAMILY BUSINESS REVIEW

The Role of Female Directors in Promoting CSR Practices: An International Comparison between Family and Non-Family Businesses
Rodriguez-Ariza, L; Cuadrado-Ballesteros, B; Martinez-Ferrero, J; Garcia-Sanchez, IM
BUSINESS ETHICS – A EUROPEAN REVIEW

An Archival Approach to Measuring Family Influence: An Organizational Identity Perspective
Anglin, AH; Reid, SW; Short, JC; Zachary, MA; Rutherford, MW
FAMILY BUSINESS REVIEW

-2016-

Doing More with Less: Innovation Input and Output in Family Firms
Duran, P; Kammerlander, N; van Essen, M; Zellweger, T
ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT JOURNAL

Development of a Socioemotional Wealth Importance (SEWi) Scale for Family Firm Research
Debicki, BJ; Kellermanns, FW; Chrisman, JJ; Pearson, AW; Spencer, BA
JOURNAL OF FAMILY BUSINESS STRATEGY

Family Firm Internationalization: A Configurational Approach
Kraus, S; Mensching, H; Calabro, A; Cheng, CF; Filser, M
JOURNAL OF BUSINESS RESEARCH

Viewing Family Firm Behavior and Governance Through the Lens of Agency and Stewardship Theories
Madison, K; Holt, DT; Kellermanns, FW; Ranft, AL
FAMILY BUSINESS REVIEW

Innovation Through Tradition: Lessons from Innovative Family Businesses and Directions for Future Research
De Massis, A; Frattini, F; Kotlar, J; Petruzzelli, AM; Wright, M
ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVES

Family Governance at Work: Organizing for New Product Development in Family SMEs
De Massis, A; Kotlar, J; Frattini, F; Chrisman, JJ; Nordqvist, M
FAMILY BUSINESS REVIEW

Corporate Divestitures and Family Control
Feldman, ER; Amit, R; Villalonga, B
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT JOURNAL

Global Corporate Governance: On the Relevance of Firms’ Ownership Structure
Aguilera, RV; Crespi-Cladera, R
JOURNAL OF WORLD BUSINESS

CEO Tenure and Entrepreneurial Orientation Within Family and Nonfamily Firms
Boling, JR; Pieper, TM; Covin, JG
ENTREPRENEURSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE

Examining Family Firm Succession From a Social Exchange Perspective: A Multiphase, Multistakeholder Review
Daspit, JJ; Holt, DT; Chrisman, JJ; Long, RG
FAMILY BUSINESS REVIEW

-2015-

Product Innovation in Family versus Nonfamily Firms: An Exploratory Analysis
De Massis, A; Frattini, F; Pizzurno, E; Cassia, L
JOURNAL OF SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Entrepreneurial Legacy: Toward a Theory of How Some Family Firms Nurture Transgenerational Entrepreneurship
Jaskiewicz, P; Combs, JG; Rau, SB
JOURNAL OF BUSINESS VENTURING

The Ability and Willingness Paradox in Family Firm Innovation
Chrisman, JJ; Chua, JH; De Massis, A; Frattini, F; Wright, M
JOURNAL OF PRODUCT INNOVATION MANAGEMENT

Understanding the Innovation Behavior of Family Firms
Nieto, MJ; Santamaria, L; Fernandez, Z
JOURNAL OF SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

What Do We Know About Private Family Firms? A Meta-Analytical Review
Carney, M; Van Essen, M; Gedajlovic, ER; Heugens, PPMAR
ENTREPRENEURSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE

Family- Versus Lone-Founder-Controlled Public Corporations: Social Identity Theory and Boards of Directors
Cannella, AA; Jones, CD; Withers, MC
ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT JOURNAL

The Impact of Family Ownership, Management, and Governance on Innovation
Matzler, K; Veider, V; Hautz, J; Stadler, C
JOURNAL OF PRODUCT INNOVATION MANAGEMENT

Mapping the field of family business research: past trends and future directions
Xi, J; Kraus, S; Filser, M; Kellermanns, FW
INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND MANAGEMENT JOURNAL

The Impact of Family Involvement on SMEs’ Performance: Theory and Evidence
De Massis, A; Kotlar, J; Campopiano, G; Cassia, L
JOURNAL OF SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

A Closer Look at Socioemotional Wealth: Its Flows, Stocks, and Prospects for Moving Forward
Chua, JH; Chrisman, JJ; De Massis, A
ENTREPRENEURSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE