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Emerging Paths of Family Entrepreneurship Research*


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    This Futuristic Commentary is an invited article for this Special Issue and was originally presented as the luncheon Keynote Panel at The Third Annual Office Deport Small Business Research Forum: Family Entrepreneurship on March 10, 2007, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  • The authors are listed alphabetically, and we have all been involved in the creation of the ideas and suggested future research directions presented herein. We also wish to acknowledge and thank Lloyd Steier's administrative assistant, Shelley Schindell, for her copyediting and many helpful comments.

Ramona Kay Zachary Heck, Peter S. Jonas Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, Management Department, Box B9-240, One Bernard Baruch Way, NY, 10010. Tel: (646) 312-3649. E-mail:


This futuristic commentary reviews family business research since its beginning more than 30 years ago. Prior to 2000, disciplinary roots, professional organizations, and early milestones are identified. More recent books, journals, and special issues are noted, and conceptualizations, theories, and databases are compared and contrasted. Lastly, current and future research paths or directions are identified and discussed, and researchers are challenged to move ahead into new and different research arenas.