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1st Edition

Women in Business Families
From Past to Present

ISBN 9780367734923
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

For centuries, almost all economic activity was family-based. The family business rested on the division of labor among family members. Therefore the family was both socially and economically the foundation of the family business. Families were not only production units, but also education and consumption units that conveyed norm structures, values and professional identity to next generation. Although female family members have always been active participants in family businesses over the centuries, their role has often been neglected in previous studies.

Women in Business Families: From Past to Present presents both conceptual and theoretically informed empirical papers addressing three related themes relevant for family business and gender in past and in present: heroic women entrepreneurs; invisibility / visibility of women in businesses; and business succession.

The book Women in Business Families: From Past to Present balances between both historical and contemporary analyses. The chapters integrate the notions of time and gender in focusing on family businesses or business families in past and in present. This volume will be of vital reading to researchers and academics in the fields of Gender Studies, Family Business, Organizational studies, Entrepreneurship and the various related disciplines.

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction

    2. Jarna Heinonen and Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen

    3. Gender, Economy and Time

    4. Kovalainen Anne

      Section 1: Heroic female entrepreneurs/heroism

    5. Is She That Special? The Long History of Business Women as Unlikely Heroic Entrepreneurs

    6. Anu Lahtinen

    7. The Mistress of the Iron

    8. Veli Pekka Toropainen

    9. Female Manager in the Family Firm Hackman & Co in the Nineteenth-century Russia and Finland

    10. Ulla Ijäs

      Section 2: Invisibility/Visibility

    11. (In)visibility in the Family Business

    12. Henrietta Nilson

    13. ‘All the Days of Their Lives’: The Lifecycle of a Family Business

    14. Deborah Simonton

    15. Statutory Invisibility: Urban Business Women Legal and Political Rights in the 18th Century Finland

    16. Jarkko Keskinen and Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen

      Section 3: Succession

    17. Daughters and Family Business Succession

    18. Francesca Maria Cesaroni and Annalisa Sentuti

    19. He Suddenly Died: Family Firms, Unplanned Succession and Grief

    20. Jarna Heinonen and Elisabet Ljunggren

    21. Conclusions and Moving Forward

Jarna Heinonen and Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen

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Jarna Heinonen is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Turku, School of Economics, Finland.

Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen is Professor of Finnish History at the University of Turku, Faculty of Humanities, Finland.