International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship

International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship

ISSN: 1756-6266

Article publication date: 27 September 2011



(2011), "International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship", International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 3 No. 3.



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International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship

Special issue on Gender and family business: new theoretical directions

Article Type: Call for papers From: International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Volume 3, Issue 3

The guest editorial team of this special issue are announcing a callfor papers that seek to enhance our understanding of gendered processes in family business operations, sustainability and succession. This inter-relationship, whilst continuously evolving, remains under- researched within the entrepreneurship domain (Sonfield and Lussier, 2009). To this extent, the overarching aim of the special issue is 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 RBV theoretical bases which dominate family business research (Chrisman et al., 2009), and further contribute to extending gender theories. Given the international evidence of the changes in men's and women's roles, positioning and leadership within family businesses (Baines and Wheelock, 2000; Cappuyns, 2007; Danes et al., 2005), these evolving dynamics influence theoretical developments as well as the evolvement of socio-cultural and economic structures and policy initiatives. To this extent, a gender theory approach embracing family business research contributes to a needed deconstruction, and theoretical construction of the operations, sustainability and succession of family businesses in the twenty-first century. We are eager to engage research that addresses how differing family types (for example, single parent families, same sex couples, step families and extended families) impact gendered processes in the family business context.

We welcome papers that analyse and interpret gendered processes in family businesses through: all gender theories; agency theory; RBV theory; and any other theoretical lens that enhances our understanding of the interface between gendered processes and family businesses. Such papers can either challenge or extend existing knowledge and theories about the gender/family business interface. Indeed, papers considering and proposing definitions of family business informed by a gendered perspective, and how this is shaped by the social, cultural and business environments, would be greatly appreciated.

Potential contributions may include, but should not be limited to theoretical and empirical papers that consider the following:

  • The interconnections and outcomes of roles and divisions between the home and family;

  • Gendered privilege in family businesses;

  • Gender and power in family businesses;

  • Gendered expectations in family businesses;

  • Gender and leadership in family businesses;

  • Matriarchal succession and/or the influence of role models;

  • Gendered analyses of patriarchal models in family businesses;

  • Cultural influences on gendered succession processes in family businesses;

  • The impact of parenting on family businesses;

  • Copreneurs, and female-led family businesses;

  • Gendered methodological challenges in researching family businesses.

Empirical papers adopting qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods are welcome.

Call for papers

Deadline for submission of full papers is 27 February 2012. Submissions to International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access are available at:

Full information and guidance on using ScholarOne Manuscripts are available at the Emerald ScholarOne Manuscripts Support Centre:

Full papers must be formatted according to the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship guidelines, please see journal's website for details: and submitted to the relevant ``special issue'' section via the online submission system.All papers will be reviewed by the Guest Editors and, if judged suitable for this publication, they will then be sent to two referees for double blind peer review. Papers selected for publication are expected to be published in 2013.

Contact details for Guest Editors

Dr Haya Al-DajaniUniversity of East Anglia, UKE-mail:

Dr Zografia BikaUniversity of East Anglia, UKE-mail:

Dr Lorna CollinsUniversity of West of England, UKE-mail:

Dr Janine SwailUniversity of Newcastle, UKE-mail:


Baines, S. and Wheelock, J. (2000), ``Work and employment in small businesses: perpetuating and challenging gender traditions'',Gender, Work & Organization, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 45-56.

Cappuyns, K. (2007), ``Women behind the scenes in family businesses'', Journal of Family Business Studies, electronic version,

Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 38-61.

Chrisman, J., Kellermanns, F.W., Chan, K., and Liano, K., (2009), ``Intellectual foundations of current research in family business:

an identification and review of 25 influential articles'', Family Business Review, Vol. XX No. X, pp. 1-18.

Danes, S., Haberman, H. and McTavish, D. (2005), ``Gendered discourse about family business'', Family Relations, Vol. 54 No. 1,

pp. 116-30.

Sonfield, M. and Lussier, R., (2009), ``Gender in family business ownership and management: a six-country analysis'', International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 1 No. 2, 2009,

pp. 96-117.

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