The Gender Question and Family Entrepreneurship Research

Adeola, Ogechi; Ngoasong, Michael Zisuh and Evans, Olaniyi (2018). The Gender Question and Family Entrepreneurship Research. In: Ratten, Vanessa; Braga, Vitor and Marques, Carla Susana eds. Knowledge, Learning and Innovation: Research Insights on Cross-Sector Collaborations. Contributions to Management Science. Springer, pp. 159–176.



Gender in family entrepreneurship is still exploratory and, despite an increase in family entrepreneurship research, most of the studies give little or no information role of gender in family business. Existing research on family entrepreneurship tends to focus only or primarily on men, and the women appear invisible in the studies. However, there is little evidence that of extensive research focus on the issue of family entrepreneurship with the aim of building a cohesive understanding of gender in family entrepreneurship and the interactions existing between the different dimensions and components. Consequently, this chapter examines how gender issues are addressed in family entrepreneurship research. In particular, the chapter provides a critical review of the literature around the gender question in entrepreneurship, focusing on the resource-based view, organizational studies and gender in family entrepreneurship. Based on the review, a gender-aware framework is developed depicting three key areas for understanding the gendered process in family entrepreneurship: the determinants of women’s entry into family businesses, their gendered roles and the associated outcomes. Finally, implications and future research opportunities are identified and discussed.

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