Defining and Identifying Family Entrepreneurship: A New View of Entrepreneurs

Ramona K. Zachary, Edward G. Rogoff and Ivory Phinisee

in The Dynamics of Entrepreneurship

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580866
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728716 | DOI:
Defining and Identifying Family Entrepreneurship: A New View of Entrepreneurs

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This chapter focuses on the importance of the family context from which entrepreneurial behaviors emerge. The importance, role and definitions relative to families and entrepreneurship are explored and critiqued. Then, using data from twenty-eight countries participating in the GEM project in 2008, the chapter analyzes the stratify entrepreneurs in the sample into family entrepreneurs and non-family entrepreneurs and investigate differences in levels and characteristics between family and non-family entrepreneurship. Structural and systematic differences emerge. The exploratory study reveals that the family plays a very significant role in entrepreneurial activities, and that the family dimension of entrepreneurial behavior is a universal phenomenon with worldwide implications.

Keywords: GEM; entrepreneurship; family entrepreneurship; family business; family business prevalence; SFBT Model

Chapter.  8530 words. 

Subjects: Innovation

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