Understanding the Small Family Business

Edited by Denise Fletcher

© 2002 – Routledge

240 pages

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About the Book

It is estimated that family businesses comprise between 60-90 % of all firms in Europe and the United States. This book makes an important contribution to the understanding of small family firms by bringing together a number of key themes in management/organisation studies. Reviewing a range of theoretical approaches, examining key literature and drawing from an international range of primary research, it also points to the future of research in this arena, and indicates how support and policy initiatives may be directed in the future.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Rationality Discourse in Studies of the Small, Family Business

Part 2: A Resource-Based Discourse in Studies of the Small, Family Business

Part 3: A Critical Discourse in Studies of the Small, Family Business

About the Editor

Denise E. Fletcher is Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Business School, teaching Business Development, Entrepreneurship and Research Methodology in the MBA and Masters programmes. She has also taught on small business and entrepreneurship courses delivered in Greece, France, Poland the Czech Republic and Kenya. Over the last ten years Dr. Fletcher has been working will small companies through a variety of research projects addressing business development issues in small firms. Her research interests also extend to family firms and her doctoral thesis was on the topic of strategic change issues in the small, family business. She has participated extensively in European workships, conferences and research projects, and has published widely in the small business literature.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Small Business

There is a growing polarization in the international economy for companies to become either transnational corporations or small businesses. This dualism means the experience of the small business is quite different to that of a large corporation. The life of a small business is often shorter, riskier and more entwined with the personality of the entrepreneur. In this prestigious series, case-studies and the latest research are used to reveal the regional, national and international role of the small business.

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