This study reviews the literature on advising family firms and integrates past contributions in such a way that scholars can use the findings as a foundation to launch future research. It reviews 105 articles and other research contributions published since 1983. The findings suggest that although advisors play a crucial role within family firms, there remains to date a lack of rigorous academic research. These past contributions are integrated into a framework that provides a first step toward developing theoretical arguments and charting directions for future research that address the nature of the family firm-advisor relationship.

advising, advisor, family business, literature review
dx.doi.org/10.1177/0894486511431257, hdl.handle.net/1765/37445
ERIM Article Series (EAS)
Family Business Review
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

Strike, V.M. (2012). Advising the Family Firm: Reviewing the Past to Build the Future. Family Business Review, 25(2), 156–177. doi:10.1177/0894486511431257