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Special issue on Human and Social Capital as Capabilities in Family Business

Electronic Journal of Family Business Studies (EJFBS)

Call for papers

Guest editors

Linda Murphy
Lecturer in Management
Department of Management & Marketing, O'Rahilly Building
University College Cork
Cork, Ireland

Prof. Matti Koiranen
School of Business and Economics
P.O.Box 35 40014 University of Jyvaskyla

Assistant editor
Prof. Juha Kansikas
School of Business and Economics
P.O.Box 35 40014 University of Jyvaskyla

It has been widely recognized that one of the most significant resources in the process of value creation is human capital. Human capital is a broad concept covering sub themes and concepts like: knowledge, skill, wisdom, intelligence, proficiency, expertise, competence, ability, dynamic capability, and capacity. Human capital accumulates through experience but it can also become obsolete. Together with social, physical and financial capital, human capital is the asset base of an organisation. Entrepreneurs need human and social capital to start new firms and to run the current enterprises (Greve and Salaff 2003; Davidsson and Honig 2003).   Social capital is described as the goodwill and resources made available to an actor via reciprocal, trusting relationships (Lin, 2001).   Bulbolz (2001) describes the family as the source, builder and user of social capital.  Coleman (1988) considers the relationships among family members an ‘ideal’ environment to create social capital.  Because social capital as family capital seems to offer explanations for business operations financial success in family businesses, founder generation might want to cumulate social capital to next generation in succession. The creation, but also how to utilize social capital within family business, might help family firms to manage scarce resources (Carney 2005). As Le Breton-Miller and Miller (2006) suggest, family businesses can create family social capital with their relationships and networks.  Arrgele, Hitt, Sirmon and Very (2007) have described family social capital as a driver of organizational social capital.  The findings by Chang, Chrisman, Chua and Kellermanns (2008) support also the view that family firms benefit from social capital. Family social capital might be something very characteristic for family enterprises, like Ensley (2006) suggests.  Like Morse, Fowler and Lawrence (2007) show, social capital influences the survival of the business. Human and social capital might be explanatory forces behind long term orientation and the continuity of family enterprises.

The aim of the special issue is to discuss human and social capital in family businesses, their development and sustainability. Please send your book review, case study, theoretical paper, or / and empirical paper by e-mail to [email protected] and [email protected] by 30th January 2009.

Deadline for submissions: 30th January 2009
Feedback for the authors: by 28th February 2009 
Final versions due: 15th April 2009

The Electronic Journal of Family Business Studies

Electronic Journal of Family Business Studies (EJFBS) will publish online theoretical and empirical articles, book reviews and case studies on family business research. Publication will be available with open access worldwide at the website of the Library of University of Jyvaskyla. 

EJFBS will be published by the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland, Europe). It will be a channel to report the latest results on Family Business research after a double-blind review process.


Mr. Juha Kansikas (Editor) [email protected]

Ph.D. School of Business and Economics
University of Jyväskylä Finland
Tel. +358 (14) 260 3166 

Adjunct professor Annika Hall (Sweden)
Prof. Frank Hoy (University of Texas at El Paso, USA)
Prof. Sabine Klein (European Business School, Germany)
Prof. Matti Koiranen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Chairman of the Editorial Board)
Prof. Johan Lambrecht (EHSAL, Belgium)
Prof. Panikkos Poutziouris, (CIIM - Cyprus International Institute of Management, Cyprus)
Prof. Pramodita Sharma (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada)
Dr. Jill Thomas (The University of Adelaide, Australia)
Prof. Lorraine Uhlaner (Centre for Entrepreneurship, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, The Netherlands)
Prof. Alvaro Vilaseca (Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay)

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