Quotation Süss-Reyes, Julia, Fuetsch, Elena. 2016. The future of family farming: A literature review on innovative, sustainable and succession-oriented strategies. Journal of Rural Studies 47, 117-140.




Family farms are exposed to severe economic, political, social and ecological changes. To enable intra-family succession and to safeguard the long-term survival of the farm, farming families are therefore increasingly forced to pursue market-driven, innovative and sustainable strategies. A multitude of different research areas has dedicated its research to the future of family farming and a synthesis of the existing literature on innovation, succession and sustainability in family farming seems timely and relevant. The purpose of this article is to systematically review and critically reflect on 53 articles addressing factors related to innovative, sustainable and succession-oriented strategies in family farming. As a theoretical framework, we apply the resource-based view. Findings indicate a strong fragmentation of approaches in all three topics making a cumulative progress of knowledge challenging. Furthermore, we notice a lack of theoretical references in the majority of articles reviewed. This implies the problem that the findings lack connectivity to each other which makes a scientific discourse between the different areas that contribute to research on family farms difficult. From a methodological point of view, research on family farms is rigorous. However, there is room for improvement when it comes to the development of theoretically grounded and empirically approved measurement scales. Furthermore, to stimulate multidisciplinary exchanges, we highlight recent developments in family business research with regard to innovation, sustainability and succession in family businesses and discuss their possible implications for research on family farms.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Rural Studies
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new WH-B
Language English
Title The future of family farming: A literature review on innovative, sustainable and succession-oriented strategies
Volume 47
Year 2016
Page from 117
Page to 140
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0743016716301401
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.07.008


Agricultural family businesses in Lower Austria: How innovative, entrepreneurial and sustainable are they?
Süss-Reyes, Julia (Former researcher)
Fuetsch, Elena (Former researcher)
Research Institute for Family Business FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
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