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Entrepreneurial families in business across generations, contexts and cultures

Albert James (Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada)
Elias Hadjielias (Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus)
Maribel Guerrero (School of Business and Economics, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile) (Northumbria Centre for Innovation Regional Transformation and Entrepreneurship (iNCITE), Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Allan Discua Cruz (Centre for Family Business, Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster, UK)
Rodrigo Basco (Sheikh Saoud bin Khalid bin Khalid Al-Qassimi Chair in Family Business, The American University of Sharjah, UAE, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)

Journal of Family Business Management

ISSN: 2043-6238

Article publication date: 30 July 2020

Issue publication date: 21 October 2021




This article is the editorial for the special issue on “Entrepreneurial Families in Business Across Generations, Contexts and Cultures”. We aim to develop a road map that can help academics and practitioners navigate the findings of the articles contained in this special issue. We also suggest future lines of research around the topic of entrepreneurial families in business.


We develop a conceptual model for interpreting and understanding entrepreneurial families in business across contexts and time.


Our conceptual model highlights the importance of context and time when conducting research on entrepreneurial families in business.

Practical implications

The findings in this special issue will be of relevance for decision makers who tailor policies that embrace different economic and social actors, including entrepreneurial families.


This editorial and the articles that make up this special issue contribute to family business research by contextualising the phenomenon of entrepreneurial families in business. We propose a new holistic perspective to incorporate context and time in the study of entrepreneurial families that own, govern and manage family firms over time.



James, A., Hadjielias, E., Guerrero, M., Discua Cruz, A. and Basco, R. (2021), "Entrepreneurial families in business across generations, contexts and cultures", Journal of Family Business Management, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 355-367.



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