1st Edition

Women in Business Families From Past to Present

Edited By Jarna Heinonen, Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen Copyright 2018
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages
    by Routledge

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    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.

      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


    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.