The Family: The Missing Variable in Organizational Research*

  title={The Family: The Missing Variable in Organizational Research*},
  author={William G. Dyer},
  journal={Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice},
  pages={401 - 416}
  • W. Dyer
  • Published 1 June 2003
  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Few studies in the mainstream management literature have included the family as a variable. The focus of this article is to describe (1) why there is a dearth of research using family as a variable; (2) how failing to use the family as a variable in organizational research can lead to incomplete or misleading findings; (3) the issues and concerns related to using the family as a variable in organizational research; and (4) options in research design for using the family as a variable. Given… 

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