Call for Book Chapters

Opportunity to contribute to a new global book project on:

Corporate Citizenship and the Family: Exploring Citizenship and Sustainability in Family Business  and Families in Business


Corporate citizenship has been defined in many ways, but most definitions include the idea that corporations, businesses or business-like organisations have a degree of social responsibility, that often includes a responsibility to the families of their employees.Far less attention has been paid, however, to the scenario where the family is an integral part of the business. Family businesses are astonishingly numerous, often under-researched and yet substantively involved in corporate citizenship and sustainability initiatives, via formalized philanthropy and community engagement, but also through their business practices and approaches to corporate social responsibility. Indeed, family businesses form a cornerstone of economies worldwide, operating across countries, continents and geo-political frontiers, yet family business represents a relatively young field of study. The implications of family ownership and indeed management for corporate citizenship and sustainability remain relatively unexplored. Two factors may combine here; family businesses are numerically dominant in most societies. Definitions vary, but somewhere between 65-80% of businesses have been reported as being ‘family businesses’, emerging as a consensus from the literature despite the on-going definitional debate. Many, but by no means all, of these businesses fall into the ‘SME’ bracket, whilst a few will be larger, and the group includes both multi-national and multi-generational businesses. Similarly, family businesses operate across many different sectors of business and sectoral papers may offer unique insight into certain aspects of corporate citizenship. The importance of family owned and managed businesses within the context of corporate citizenship, therefore, could easily be obscured and one purpose of this volume is to highlight the links between the two fields of research.

Theoretical, conceptual and empirical papers will be considered for this volume. Papers in the following areas are sought, but the list is by no means exhaustive and different topics would be welcomed:

  • Family businesses, family values and corporate citizenship
  • Corporate and family philanthropy
  • Serial entrepreneurs, families in business
  • Business engagement in the community
  • Social enterprise, families and corporate citizenship
  • Sustainable lifestyle businesses
  • Gender and corporate citizenship
  • The potential impact of age and life stage on attitudes towards sustainability and corporate citizenship
  • Family values and their impact on corporate citizenship

Sectoral papers focused upon, for example, the hospitality, retail or manufacturing sectors are also welcome and may offer specific insight into aspects of corporate citizenship such as supply chain responsibility.

Submission Requirements

Please submit abstracts of no more than 1,000 words, together with a full CV for each author, to: [email protected]


  • Abstract and CV submission: 15 January 2019
  • Selection of abstracts & notification to successful contributors: 1 April 2019
  • Full chapter submission: 1 September 2019
  • Revised chapter submission: 15 January 2020
  • Publication: Summer 2020

Indicative Bibliography

Blodget, M.S., Dumas, C. and Zanzi, A. (2011) Emerging Trends IN Global Ethics: a Comparative Study of U.S. and International Family Business Values. Journal of Business Ethics 99 29-38

Collins, L. and O'Regan, N. (2010) The evolving field of family business. Journal of Family Business Management, 1 (1). pp. 5-13. ISSN 2043-6238

Deniz, M. de la Cruz Deniz and Suarez, M.K.C. (2005) Corporate Social Responsibility and Family Business in Spain. Journal of Business Ethics 56 27-41

Fletcher, D. (2002) Understanding the Small Family Business. Routledge Studies in Small Business. Taylor and Francis Group, London and New York.

Cater, C., Collins, L.A. and Brent, D.B. (2015) Family Firm Engagement In Fair Trade Business Models. United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Conference Proceedings; Boca Raton: R1-R23. Boca Raton: United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. (2015)

Garcia, M.E.; Frunzi, K.; Dean, C.B.; Flores, N. and Miller, K.B. (2016) Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Families and the Community as Partners in Education. Part 1: Building an Understanding of Family and Community Engagement. REL 2016-148

Garriga, E. & Melé, D. (2004) 'Corporate Social Responsibility Theories: Mapping the Territory', in Journal of Business Ethics,Vol. 53, No. 1, pp 51–71.

Glazebrook, M. (2005) The Social Construction of Corporate Citizenship. Journal of Corporate Citizenship. No. 17, Spring 2005.

Institute for Family Business (2009) Natural Philanthropists: Findings of the Family Business Philanthropy and Social Responsibility Inquiry.

Maten, D. and Krane, A. (2005) Corporate Citizenship: Toward an Extended Theoretical Conceptualization. Academy of Management Review. 30 1 166-179

McIntosh, M., Leipziger, D., Jones, K., & Coleman, G. (1998). Corporate Citizenship: Successful Strategies for Responsible Companies. London, UK: Pitman Publishing.

Poutziouris, Z.P. (2006) The structure and performance of the UK family business PLC economy, in P.Z. Poutziouris, K.X. Smyrnios and S.B. Klein (eds.), Handbook of Research on Family Businesses. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK.

Seaman, C. (2017) Turning Point: Factoring the Family into Corporate Citizenship. Journal of Corporate Citizenship. No. 65, March 2017

Seaman, C. and Bent, R. (2017) The Role of Family Values in the Integrity of Family Business. Facets of Integrity in Business and Management. Ed. M. Orlitzky and Manjit Monga. Routledge.

Siebels, J. F. and Knyphausen,Aufseb, D.Z. (2012) A Review of Theory in Family Business Research: The Implication for Corporate Governance. International Journal of Management Reviews. 14, 280-304.

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