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Gender and family business: new theoretical directions

Haya Al-Dajani (Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, UK)
Zografia Bika (Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, UK)
Lorna Collins (Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, UK)
Janine Swail (Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham, Institute for Enterprise and Innovation (UNIEI), Nottingham, UK)

International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship

ISSN: 1756-6266

Article publication date: 2 September 2014




This editorial aims to investigate the interface between gendered processes and family business by exploring the extent to which gendered processes are reinforced (or not) in family business operations and dynamics. This approach will complement the agency and resource-based view theoretical bases that dominate family business research (Chrisman et al., 2009) and further contribute to extending gender theories.


Acknowledging that gender is socially constructed, this editorial discusses the interface between gendered processes and family business within entrepreneurship research.


Despite a growing interest in gender and family business, there is limited literature that explores gender theory within family business research. A gender theory approach embracing family business research contributes to a needed theoretical deconstruction of existing perspectives on the operations, sustainability and succession of family businesses in the twenty-first century.


This editorial makes a contribution to extant scholarship by extending gender theories through an exploration of the gendered processes in family business research.



The authors would like to acknowledge and express sincere thanks to all the contributors, reviewers, the IJGE editorial team, funding bodies (ESRC RES-000-22-2378) and the networks that brought us together, the sponsors, speakers and participants of the Women in Family Business event where this special issue was born and the readers of this special issue. In addition, the authors would also like to acknowledge all the submissions that could not be included in this special issue. The authors hope that those articles have found suitable journal outlets and they look forward to seeing them published in the near future.


Al-Dajani, H., Bika, Z., Collins, L. and Swail, J. (2014), "Gender and family business: new theoretical directions", International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 218-230.



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