776550 FBRXXX10.1177/0894486518776550Family Business ReviewPayne editorial2018 Editorial Family Business Review 2018, Vol. 31(2) 167 –175 © The Author(s) 2018 Reflections on Family Business Research: Reprints and permissions: sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Considering Domains and Theory https://doi.org/10.1177/0894486518776550 DOI: 10.1177/0894486518776550 journals.sagepub.com/home/fbr G. Tyge Payne We are all just prisoners here, of our own device. different backgrounds, and is disseminated through such a sundry of unique outlets, that it is often difficult —The Eagles (Don Felder, Don Henley, Glenn Frey) for people to identify and understand the distinguishing nature of the field. This difficulty is particularly prob- Most scholars devoted to the study of organizations lematic if family business scholars fail to clearly articu- are familiar with the classic questions regarding the rea- late which constructs and phenomena are within its sons for the existence, variation, and perpetuation of boundaries and develop unique theories that explain organizations. In family business research, our central them. For, like any field of study, the challenge of gain- questions align closely with those of the classic organi- ing and maintaining legitimacy involves addressing and zation theory domain: Why do family businesses exist? balancing breadth (i.e., crossing disciplinary boundar- How do family businesses change and survive? How ies) and depth (i.e.,
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