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.
Jarna Heinonen and Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen
Section I: Challenging the heroic male image of entrepreneurs
Jarkko Keskinen, Veli Pekka Toropainen and Mari Välimäki
Cathryn R. Spence
Section II: notions of the visibility and Invisibility of women
Henrietta Nilson and Ulla Hytti
Jarkko Keskinen and Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen
Janice Byrne and Salma Fattoum
Section III: women in business Succession
Francesca Maria Cesaroni and Annalisa Sentuti
Jarna Heinonen and Elisabet Ljunggren
Management and business studies are firmly established as a popular, important and significant area of study in the academic world. Bringing together theories and thought from a wide range of disciplines, this series features cutting -edge research addressing all the major issues in business and management today, helping to define and advance the field.