Managing the Yin and Yang of Family Capital: A Study of Chinese Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, April 2018

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper

Posted: 6 Dec 2019

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Zhen Zhang

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Trish Reay

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Date Written: August 6, 2016

Abstract

Family capital can provide positive resources for entrepreneurship; however, it can also bring negative consequences that hinder the growth of a new venture. We investigated how entrepreneurs experienced and managed the positives and negatives of family capital through in-depth semi-structured interviews with Chinese immigrants who landed in Canada between 2000 and 2014. We contribute to the entrepreneurship literature by highlighting the paradoxical nature of family capital, and by identifying five strategies that entrepreneurs employed to manage the paradox.

Keywords: Family capital, Chinese immigrants, entrepreneurship, qualitative study, paradox, strategy, Yin–Yang

Suggested Citation

Zhang, Zhen and Reay, Trish, Managing the Yin and Yang of Family Capital: A Study of Chinese Immigrant Entrepreneurs (August 6, 2016). Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, April 2018, University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3498610

Zhen Zhang

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

Trish Reay (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada
780-492-4246 (Phone)
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