1st Edition

Women Entrepreneurship in Family Business

Edited By Vanessa Ratten, Leo-Paul Dana, Veland Ramadani Copyright 2018
    250 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    There has been growing attention placed on the role of female run and managed business in the global economy due to the increasing emphasis on gender equity. Despite the importance of female entrepreneurship, there has only been recently increased research attention devoted to entrepreneurship in the context of female entrepreneurship dynamics. This edited book examines female entrepreneurship and internationalization from both a practical and policy perspective and looks at the role of female entrepreneurship in the global economy.

    1. Women Entrepreneurship in Family Business: An Overview

    Vanessa Ratten, Leo-Paul Dana and Veland Ramadani

    2. The Role of Gender in Family-Business Research: A Systematic Review of the Literature

    Leona Achtenhagen, Kajsa Haag and Friederike Welter

    3. Women-Led Enterprises in Germany: The More Social, Ecological and Corporate Responsible Businesses?

    André Pahnke, Kerstin Ettl and Friederike Welter

    4. Family Firms and Non-Family Firms: A Survey in Italian and Spanish Wine Sector Performance

    Laura Broccardo and Elisa Truant

    5. The Role of Women as Entrepreneurs in Family Business: A Literature Review

    Alessandra Faraudello, Lucrezia Songini, Massimiliano Pellegrini and Luca Gnan

    6. Innocent Sampling in Research on Gender and Entrepreneurship

    Annie Roos and Johan Gaddefors

    7. How Does Spouse Involvement Affect Business Growth? A Matter of Gender

    Eli Gimmon, Zeevik Greenberg and Yanav Farja

    8. Firm Performance, Corporate Governance and Gender Diversity in Top Italian Family Firms

    Michela C. Mason and Josanco Floreani

    9. When Do Women Make a Difference in The Family Firm: Understanding the Latin American Context

    Luz Elena Orozco Collazos, Isabel Botero and Maria Piedad Lopez Vergara

    10. Female Entrepreneurship in Developing Contexts: Characteristics, Challenges and Dynamics

    Andrea Caputo, Luisa De Vita, Michela Mari and Sara Poggesi

    11. Gender Entrepreneurial Leadership in Family Businesses: A Case Study from Bosnia & Herzegovina

    Ramo Palalic, Veland Ramadani, Leo-Paul Dana and Vanessa Ratten

    12. Listed Italian Family Firms: Corporate Governance Composition and Effects on Performance

    Laura Broccardo and Elisa Truant

    13. Future Research Directions for Women Entrepreneurship in Family Business

    Vanessa Ratten, Veland Ramadani and Leo-Paul Dana


    Vanessa Ratten is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Marketing, La Trobe University, Australia.

    Leo-Paul Dana is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Montpellier Business School, Montpellier, France.

    Veland Ramadani is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management at the Faculty of Business and Economics, South East European University, Macedonia.

    'Family businesses play an important role in society but less is known about how women entrepreneurs contribute to their success and development. This book by international recognised scholars in the field incorporates interesting and innovative perspectives on the influence of women entrepreneurs in family business. I recommend this book to researchers, family business people, government policy analysts and anyone interested in the nexus between women, entrepreneurship and family.' — Carmem Teresa Pereira Leal, PhD, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

    'This text is a welcome addition to extant literatures on entrepreneurship, specifically augmenting contemporary scholarship on women in family businesses. The inclusion of both conceptual and empirical contributions from international authors offers readers extensive geographical and cultural scope in a field that remains considerably under-researched. The comprehensive literature review chapters should prove especially valuable to those exploring this research area for the first time. The book should serve as a useful reference text to academics, practitioners and policy makers in the field of women's entrepreneurship and family business.' — Professor Colette Henry, FRSA, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

    'This timely and much needed volume fills a critical gap in our understanding of women’s entrepreneurship in family business, emphasizing its strategic nature. The thoughtfully organized collection provides rich empirical evidence from both developed and emerging economy contexts, and from diverse countries such as Germany, Italy, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and economies in Latin America. The volume also includes two comprehensive literature reviews and a methodological contribution on sampling in gender research that bridge the sometimes disparate bodies of literature on women entrepreneurs, family businesses, and family entrepreneurship. Academic researchers and practitioners alike will find a number of valuable insights in this book.' Tatiana S. Manolova, Associate Professor, Management, Bentley University

    'Professors Vanessa Ratten, Leo-Paul Dana and Veland Ramadani are three outstanding scholars who have produced a tour de force on women’s entrepreneurship in family business, bringing together a vast and excellent array of global known scholars to capture all that is worth knowing. The editors are to be congratulated for this book, which is an incredibly valuable addition to the nascent collection of management and entrepreneurship books. The chapters cover a wide spectrum of topics and issues under women’s entrepreneurship in family business that are of key importance for researchers and policy makers. This book has made a significant contribution to the entrepreneurship literature and is a must-read for every serious scholar and consultant.'Kayhan Tajeddini, Professor of Management, Tokyo International University

    'The editors have assembled an impressive set of researchers from around the world who explore female entrepreneurship via a variety of theoretical lenses and cases. Taken together, this book covers a gamut of critical perspectives for today’s world in which women play an increasingly large role in family firms. These chapters will undoubtedly contribute to increasing the legitimacy of researching women’s entrepreneurship in family firms.' — Siri Terjesen, Chair of Entrepreneurship, American University

    'Much of the existing literature on entrepreneurship is still studied under a male stereotype but this is changing due to the increasing significance of women in the global economy and the role women play in solving the grand human challenges. This book provides a unique view of family business by focusing on women's entrepreneurship and how women’s entrepreneurship can enrich communities, societies and economies. The chapters in the book by renowned scholars discuss important and distinctive issues around women's entrepreneurship and family business. I highly recommend the book to all scholars, business people and policy makers.' — Isabell M. Welpe, Chair for Strategy and Organization, Technische Universität München

    'This book addresses new perspectives and offers gorgeous contributions to the revisions of women’s role in family entrepreneurship. It adds original findings, concepts, patterns and insights to theories of family entrepreneurship and the women entrepreneurs through cross-national agenda for the multilevel analysis of the women’s angle. Women's role in family business has been very often neglected and unnoticed in research theory and practices. This book provides state of the art research about Women's role in family business by offering a unique approach and stunning understandings and suggestions.' — Marina Dabic, Professor, University of Zagreb, and Nottingham Trent University

    'Women Entrepreneurship in Family Business is a welcome addition to the entrepreneurship literature. Women play a leading role in many businesses in both developed and developing economies. However, little is known about how they manage the operations or use their entrepreneurial spirit to grow the many traditional family businesses. With a truly international team of editors and authors, the book makes an important contribution by highlighting the role of women in family businesses around the world. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in International Management and Entrepreneurship.' — Dr Hussain Rammal, Senior Lecturer in International Business Strategy, University of Technology Sydney