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Female entrepreneurship in family business: bibliographic analysis

Cristina Marín-Palacios (ESIC University, Madrid, Spain)

Journal of Family Business Management

ISSN: 2043-6238

Article publication date: 23 June 2023

Issue publication date: 24 August 2023




The role of women entrepreneurs in family businesses is becoming increasingly important, a fact that is reflected in the scientific literature. The purpose of this study is to identify the key research areas that address this issue. To this end, a bibliometric analysis has been carried out to obtain a perspective of the current situation in this field of research and to identify the key areas of research in recent years.


In this study, the analysis is performed using a literature review and bibliometric analysis techniques. The bibliographic source supporting this analysis resulted from a Scopus search of the terms gender, entrepreneurship and family business. VOSviewer was used to facilitate the analysis.


This bibliometric analysis studies the evolutionary trend of publications on gender, entrepreneurship and family business and identifies current research trends. It also identifies authors, journals and countries with the highest impact levels to enhance collaboration and learning.

Research limitations/implications

It would be advisable to conduct further research with a broader bibliographic base and with other search criteria covering other aspects related to the role of women entrepreneurs in family businesses. This work can serve as a valuable source of information for future research in this field and to assist in the development of effective equality policies to address existing social stereotypes.


This research illustrates, using VOSviewer, the current growth of studies in the field of women entrepreneurship in family businesses.



This paper forms part of a special section “Gender, Entrepreneurship, and Family Business”, guest edited by Sucheta Agarwal, Veland Ramadani, Vivek Agrawal and Jitendra Kumar Dixit.

To improve the readability of the manuscript, ChatGPT, a natural language tool based on GPT-3.5, was used to rewrite certain sections of the text.


Marín-Palacios, C. (2023), "Female entrepreneurship in family business: bibliographic analysis", Journal of Family Business Management, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp. 552-578.



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