Special Issue


Business History

Taylor & Francis Group


"Theoretical and Empirical Research on Business Longevity"


Deadline for submission of final paper:  September, 30th 2013


 Guest Editors

Maria Rosaria Napolitano (UniversityofSannio-Italy)

VittoriaMarino (UniversityofSalerno-Italy)

Jari Ojala (UniversityofJyväskylä-Finland)



The special issue (targeted publication date: April, 2014) is aimed at investigating firms’ longevity factors.

The importance of longevity has been highlighted by earlier studies on family business by focusing on their difficulties to overcome the third generation, thus becoming enduring enterprises.  Hence the strong interest in literature, on the one hand for business succession in family enterprises, on the other for the identification of enduring firms’ distinctive features. In order to fill both a theoretical and an empirical gap, several contributions have attempted to model the values of longevity and their role in the entrepreneurial transition processes of succeeding family  businesses  through cross-national comparisons and, above all, by using the localization variable as a cultural activator for longevity.

The stream of studies on firms longevity has gradually gained autonomy with respect to family business, expanding the research perspective to SMEs and entrepreneurial orientation, processes of organizational learning in global strategic alliances, growth paths of large firms through alliances and networking and the relationship between longevity and financial crises. Moreover, the study of firms longevity has been enriched by the fertilization of multidisciplinary approaches that have been continuing to investigate the phenomenon through conceptual matrixes of different cultural backgrounds, contributing to the development of knowledge on the subject.

We are inviting papers, both empirical and theoretical, that examine longevity in a wide range of enterprises of different types of ownership, activities and sizes. Internationally comparative papers and those exploring longevity within particular regional and national contexts are particularly welcome.


 Subject Coverage

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:


Sources of competitive advantage and firms’ longevity

Business and longevity

SMEs’ longevity factors

Corporate Entrepreneurship and  longevity

Internationalization processes and longevity

Corporate reputation and longevity

Country-Specific succession processes in family business

Succession phases and business survival

Entrepreneurial transition processes towards the  descendants


Guidelines for submissions

Submitted papers should not have been previous published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

A guide for authors and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on web page (http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=0007-6791&linktype=44)

For more information, contact Maria Rosaria Napolitano ([log in to unmask]) or Vittoria Marino

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Conference in  Italy

Some authors of selected papers will be invited to present the results of their researches at the Conference “Historic companies and histories of companies” to be held at University of Sannio (Benevento - Italy) on December 2013.


Editors and Notes

You may send one copy in the form of a PDF file attached to an email to the following:


Maria Rosaria Napolitano, Professor of Strategy

Department of  Economic, Law and Social Studies

Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences



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VittoriaMarino, Professor of International Marketing

Department of Management

Faculty of Economics



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Jari Ojala, Professor of History

Department of History and Ethnology



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Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue.




Vittoria Marino
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Faculty of Economics
University of Salerno
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