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The role of family members in entrepreneurial networks: beyond the boundaries of the family firm.

Anderson, Alistair R.; Jack, Sarah L.; Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah

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Alistair R. Anderson

Sarah L. Jack

Sarah Drakopoulou Dodd



Abstract

Research has traditionally concentrated on formal kin involvement in the family business. This study investigates if, to what extent, and how entrepreneurs capitalised on resources embedded in the family, but beyond the formal traditionally-defined boundaries of the family firm. Employing both quantitative and qualitative approaches, the study finds that about one quarter of our samples entrepreneurial network ties were kin, and that most of these worked outside the formal family firm. These ties provided a range of very important resources, both professional and affective in nature. Such beneficial ties extend the family firm without incurring the typical hazards of external linkages.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 30, 2005
Journal Family business review
Print ISSN 0894-4865
Electronic ISSN 1741-6248
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 2
Pages 135-154
Institution Citation ANDERSON, A.R., JACK, S.L. and DRAKOPOULOU-DODD, S. 2005. The role of family members in entrepreneurial networks: beyond the boundaries of the family firm. Family business review [online], 18(2), pages 135-154. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6248.2005.00037.x
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6248.2005.00037.x
Keywords Family business; Family ties; Entrepreneurial networks; Resource acquisition

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