Networks in family business: a multi-rational approach

  • Seaman C
  • McQuaid R
  • Pearson M
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Abstract

Current research on networks in family businesses has approached the
topic from a mono-rational perspective where the family, business and
social networks are each considered in relative isolation. This paper
argues that multi-rational approaches, which accept that the three
groups of networks interact and overlap, offer a useful alternative
perspective. In proposing the case for multiple rationalities as a
framework within which family business networking can be viewed - and in
putting forward an initial model - the paper allows the interaction of
the different networks within the family business to be more fully
acknowledged. Evidence from the literature is presented as a basis for
further exploration using empirical approaches and it is emphasised that
further and empirical approaches are required.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Business families
  • Family businesses
  • Multi-rational
  • Networking

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