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1st Edition

Women in Business Families
From Past to Present

ISBN 9781138635968
Published April 9, 2018 by Routledge
244 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. From household economy to family business
    2. Jarna Heinonen and Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen

    3. Gender, Economy and Time
    4. Seppo Poutanen

      Section I: Challenging the heroic male image of entrepreneurs

    5. Tough times, tough measures: Widows as heroic entrepreneurs
    6. Anu Lahtinen

    7. The Iron Lady. Elin Såger: Head of a Family Business
    8. Jarkko Keskinen, Veli Pekka Toropainen and Mari Välimäki

    9. Merchant Trade: A Family Affair
    10. Cathryn R. Spence

    11. Marie Hackman: A female manager in the family firm Hackman & Co.
    12. Ulla Ijäs

      Section II: notions of the visibility and Invisibility of women

    13. Moving between visibility and invisibility: Understanding social and family business spheres
    14. Henrietta Nilson and Ulla Hytti

    15. ‘All the days of their lives’, Women, business and family
    16. Deborah Simonton

    17. Statutory invisibility: Urban business women’s legal and political rights
    18. Jarkko Keskinen and Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen

    19. A lost opportunity or a lucky escape? Non-successor daughters and the family in business
    20. Janice Byrne and Salma Fattoum

      Section III: women in business Succession

    21. The leaders, the outcasts and the others: Which role for daughters in family businesses?
    22. Francesca Maria Cesaroni and Annalisa Sentuti

    23. Enterprising Widows: Family, Business and the Sucession Process
    24. Catriona Macleod


    25. He suddenly died: Unplanned succession in family firms

Jarna Heinonen and Elisabet Ljunggren

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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.

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