Social issues in the family enterprise

Anita van Gils*, Clay Dibrell, Donald O. Neubaum, Justin B. Craig

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In this introduction, we discuss social issue research in the management and family business literatures, focusing on ethics, corporate social responsibility, and philanthropic practices of family enterprises. Next, we introduce and highlight four articles accepted for publication. The editorial concludes by presenting future research questions at the social issues—family business interface. Our review of 35 articles, as well as those included in this Special Issue, suggest that family businesses are more attuned and attentive to social issues and stakeholders than nonfamily business. Noneconomic motivations (e.g., reputation, socioemotional wealth, and stewardship) appear particularly salient to family enterprises.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-205
Number of pages13
JournalFamily Business Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • Ethics
  • Family enterprise
  • Philanthropy
  • Social issues
  • Social problems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Finance

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    van Gils, A., Dibrell, C., Neubaum, D. O., & Craig, J. B. (2014). Social issues in the family enterprise. Family Business Review, 27(3), 193-205.