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Networking and entrepreneurial family firms

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Publication date16/12/2015
Host publicationFamily entrepreneurship: rethinking the research agenda
EditorsKathleen Randerson, Cristina Bettinelli, Giovanna Dossena, Alain Fayolle
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
ISBN (Electronic)9781315732381
ISBN (Print)9781138841192
Original languageEnglish

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NameRoutledge Rethinking Entrepreneurship Research
PublisherRoutledge

Abstract

We investigate the role of networks in the growth processes of the entrepreneurial family firm. The study adds to two main stream of literature, drawing together theoretical developments from the family firm realm and networking theory, to investigate the ways in which these structures and processes interact to facilitate and inhibit entrepreneurial growth. The chapter also draws on international field data, thus adding to our knowledge of the context-specific nature of entrepreneurial growth processes, family firms, and networking. Growth strategies for many of the studied family firms tended to be driven by resources available within the family-firm nexus. In many cases, market and technology evaluation took place through quite formal, “professional” mechanisms. The use of weak-ties, which has come to be seen of diminished importance for non-family entrepreneurs, appeared more significant for family-firm growth.