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Sustainable entrepreneurship: another avenue for family business scholarship?

Paul Woodfield (Department of Management, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)
Christine Woods (Department of Management and International Business, The Auckland University Business School, Auckland, New Zealand)
Deborah Shepherd (Department of Management and International Business, The Auckland University Business School, Auckland, New Zealand)

Journal of Family Business Management

ISSN: 2043-6238

Article publication date: 10 April 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review family businesses as a subset of sustainable entrepreneurship. It is intended that another avenue of scholarship for the growing interest in family businesses and their continuity across generations will be outlined.

Design/methodology/approach

Relevant journal articles were selected and broadly analysed to gather an understanding of the current state of existing sustainable entrepreneurship literature. The main themes extrapolated related to sustainable entrepreneurship and potential directions for future research.

Findings

Although sustainable entrepreneurship has been traditionally concentrated in the environmental and social responsibility literature, there are emerging paths where family businesses can be considered alongside community-based enterprise.

Research limitations/implications

The findings suggest that future research into sustaining family businesses across generations could be situated under sustainable entrepreneurship scholarship.

Originality/value

This paper presents a novel review and summary of recent literature at the juncture of family business and sustainable entrepreneurship. It is useful for directing scholars towards an avenue which has not traditionally had attention from family business researchers.

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Citation

Woodfield, P., Woods, C. and Shepherd, D. (2017), "Sustainable entrepreneurship: another avenue for family business scholarship?", Journal of Family Business Management, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 122-132. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFBM-12-2015-0040

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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