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*Call for Papers: Entrepreneurship and Managerialization in SMEs and family

*Guest Editors:*
Paola Vola, University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara, Italy
Sylvia Rohlfer, CUNEF, Madrid, Spain
Lucrezia Songini, University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara, Italy

The competitive landscape of the twenty-first century is dynamic,
highlighting the need for organizations to be entrepreneurial. Thus, a
scientific dialogue on entrepreneurial orientation and spirit in family
businesses and SMEs has emerged as a relevant topic. However, the capacity
to conjugate entrepreneurial spirit of family businesses and smaller
enterprises with the managerialization of the organizational structure and
mechanisms as well as the professionalization of people involved in the
company is critical for the long-term survival and development of those

Research on managerialization of SMEs and family firms points out that they
are characterized by a lower adoption of managerial mechanism, as a
consequence of the strong linkages between the owners/managers and the
enterprise; and/or the lack of managerial knowledge at the ownership,
governance and management levels. It is commonly underlined that the
management in these firms is characterized by some degree of informality
and that individual and social control systems are more suited to these
enterprises, due to common shared values and languages, informal
relationships etc. (Marlow, Taylor and Thompson, 2010; Saundry, Jones and
Wimberley, 2014; Rohlfer, Munoz and Slocum, 2016).

However, some authors stated that formal mechanisms could help family
owned businesses to cope with the interests and problems of both the
company and the family, and their specific agency costs (Rue and Ibrahim,
1996; Schulze et al., 2003; Songini, Gnan et Malmi, 2013; Della Torre and
Solari, 2013). Literature on family firms recognizes the importance
of managerialization and professionalization in smoothing succession’s

This special issue of Management Revue provides an opportunity to take
stock of developments on these issues, particularly on the adoption of
management mechanisms and the professionalization of SMEs and family firms
and their balance with entrepreneurial spirit.

We are looking for contributions that explore the ability of successful
SMEs and family business to maintain fresh entrepreneurial spirit while
consolidating management and control mechanisms, and introducing
professional managers, but also for contributions that analyze the
consequences of losing momentum in that balance.

Thus, we invite papers that make an important theoretical and/or empirical
contribution to our understanding of such issues; international and
comparative papers are particularly welcome. Areas of interest include but
are not limited to:

   - How and why SMEs and family firms restructure and reorganize the
   management of the firm in the light of managerialization and
   - How can SMEs and family firms balance entrepreneurial spirit
   and managerialization/ professionalization? How do they maintain this
   balance along time and during generations?
   - What is the role of family members and non-family members in balancing
   entrepreneurial spirit and managerialization/ professionalization?
   - What is the role of women (family and non-family members) in such a
   - What is the role of managerial mechanisms and professional managers in
   SMEs and family firms’ development and growth?
   - What are the implications of managerialization and professionalization on
   key employee relations characteristics, such as pay and conditions,
   employee voice and labor management relations?
   - How and why owner/managers ́ approaches to managerialization and
professionalization vary
   in relation to issues such as firm, sector, national contexts and employee
   characteristics, among others?
   - What are the implications for owner-managers and other stakeholders,
   including employees?
   - Which theories can best help us explain and
   understand managerialization and professionalization in SMEs and
   family firms, and the relation with entrepreneurship?

This is not an exhaustive list.

*Management Revue* is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary European journal
publishing both qualitative and quantitative work, as well as purely
theoretical papers that advances the study of management, organization, and
industrial relations. Management Revue publishes articles that contribute
to theory from a number of disciplines, including business and public
administration, organizational behavior, economics, sociology, and
psychology. Reviews of books relevant to management
and organization studies are a regular feature (

*Potential authors*
Authors are encouraged to submit research manuscripts that are likely to
make a significant contribution to the literature on entrepreneurship
and managerialization and professionalization in SMEs and family firms for
a double-blind review process. Contributors to the Track 03_09
“Entrepreneurship and Managerialization in SMEs and family firms” at EURAM
2017 Conference are encouraged to discuss their sub- mission prior or
during the conference. Even if conference participants will benefit from a
fast review process, submissions are not solely restricted to conference

Full papers for this special issue of Management Revue must be with the
editors by 31 July 2017. All submissions will be subject to a double-blind
review process. Papers invited for a “revise and resubmit” are due on the
30 November 2017. Final decision will be made by May 2018. The special
issue will be published in late 2018.

*Submission and guidelines*
Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system
at using SI “Managerialization”
as article section.

The guest editors welcome informal enquiries by email:
Paola Vola <[log in to unmask]>
Sylvia Rohlfer <[log in to unmask]>
Lucrezia Songini <[log in to unmask]>


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Med venlig hilsen/Kind regards
*Simon Fietze*
Adjunkt/Assistant Professor

T +45 6550 1748 <+45%2065%2050%2017%2048>
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Syddansk Universitet/University of Southern Denmark
Institut for Entreprenørskab og Relationsledelse/Department of
Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management
Alsion 2, A2
6400 Sønderborg

*Latest publications:*

   - Fietze, S., & Boyd, B. (2017). Entrepreneurial intention of Danish
   students: A correspondence analysis. *International Journal of
   Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research*, 23(4). DOI: 10.1108/IJEBR-08-2016-
   0241 <>
   - Fietze, S., & Matiaske, W. (Eds.) (2016). *Dimensions and Perspectives
   on Financial Participation in Europe.* Baden-Baden: Nomos
   Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG. DOI: 10.5771/9783845259413-1
   - Fietze, S., Matiaske, W., & Tobsch, V. (2016). Financial participation
   in Germany: Management's and works councils' view. In S. Fietze, & W.
   Matiaske (Eds.), *Dimensions and Perspectives on Financial Participation
   in Europe* (pp. 145-176). Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH &
   Co. KG. DOI: 10.5771/9783845259413-144
   - Ortlieb, R., Matiaske, W., & Fietze, S. (2016). Employee share
   ownership in Germany: A cluster analysis of firms' aims.
   *Management Revue*, 27(4), 285-303. DOI: 10.1688/mrev-2016-Ortlieb

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