Some colleagues asked me to share the slides of the keynote I gave yesterday at the 11th EIASM workshop on family firms. Here they are: 2015-EIASM-Keynote-forshare
In a nutshell, I made the following points:
We should more often apply our own theories (e.g., organizational identity theory, entrepreneurship theory, theory on the cognitive microfoundations of strategy, or theory on organizational ambidexterity) to our own research field – that will help us to better understand what we do, what our “competitive advantage” is and what we might do in future.
Boundaries of who we think we are as researchers can substantially limit our contribution and should thus be brought into question frequently.
Boundaries of who we think we are also limit how we teach our subject (thanks to the audience for bringing up this point!)
Tacit knowledge about “what is possible” is often useful but also holds the danger to really make progress.
In particular, the boundaries pushing us to “mono-theoretical studies” limit our understanding of family firms and their value creation (to further read about this topic, see our JFBS article: Link)