New theoretical perspectives on family business entrepreneurial behavior

Mary Barrett, Ken Moores

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Family business leaders are often characterized as entrepreneurs (Aldrich and Cliff 2003 ; Shepherd and Haynie 2009 ). In attempting to understand the entrepreneurial thinking of family firm leaders, scholars have typically borrowed from the extant literature on entrepreneurship, which traditionally emphasizes characteristics of individual entrepreneurs such as their personalities, propensity for risk-taking, personal values, and so on. 1 However as Aldrich and Martinez ( 2003 ) point out, there are changes afoot in how entrepreneurship is being studied, including (a) a shift in theoretical emphasis from the characteristics of entrepreneurs as individuals to the consequences of their actions, (b) a deeper understanding of how entrepreneurs use knowledge, resources, and networks to construct and reconstruct fi rms, and (c) a more sophisticated taxonomy of environmental forces at different levels of analysis (population, community, and society) that affect entrepreneurship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding family business
Subtitle of host publicationUndiscovered Approaches, Unique Perspectives, and Neglected Topics
EditorsAlan Carsrud, Malin Brannback
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781461409113
ISBN (Print)9781461409106
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameInternational Studies in Entrepreneurship
ISSN (Print)1572-1922


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