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Entrepreneurial leadership and familiness as resources for strategic entrepreneurship

Juha Kansikas (Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland)
Anne Laakkonen (Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland)
Ville Sarpo (Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland)
Tanja Kontinen (Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Article publication date: 2 March 2012

Abstract

Purpose

This paper seeks to investigate how familiness and entrepreneurial leadership are related to each other in family firms. Familiness and entrepreneurial leadership are viewed as resources for strategic entrepreneurship. The aim of the paper is to shed light on familiness in three family firms and contribute to the field's growing body of work.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper employs a case study method. The interviewees were interviewed by theme questions and secondary information was gathered to strengthen the empirical section. Qualitative interpretation of empirical data was used.

Findings

The findings demonstrate the variety of familiness and entrepreneurial leadership within family firms. The degree of familiness varies between firms and the nature of entrepreneurial leadership also differs. The findings suggest that familiness is related to entrepreneurial leadership. It is a resource for strategic entrepreneurship in family firms.

Research limitations/implications

The limitation of the study is the case study method. The paper is based on qualitative and interpretive approach. The paper endeavours to understand familiness related to entrepreneurial leadership rather than generalise the results statistically.

Practical implications

The paper offers a perspective for business schools in teaching leadership for family firms. Education needs to be tailored to meet the relevant needs. Benchmarking from this case study offers one pathway for this.

Originality/value

The study contributes to research on structural, cognitive, and relational familiness. The paper shows that informal relations and flexibility are typical for entrepreneurial leadership in family firms.

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Citation

Kansikas, J., Laakkonen, A., Sarpo, V. and Kontinen, T. (2012), "Entrepreneurial leadership and familiness as resources for strategic entrepreneurship", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 141-158. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552551211204193

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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