The Role of Family Members in Entrepreneurial Networks: Beyond the Boundaries of the Family Firm

20 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2005

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Alistair R Anderson

Robert Gordon University - Aberdeen Business School - Charles P. Skene Centre for Entrepreneurship

Sarah L. Jack

University of Aberdeen - Business School - Management Studies

Sarah Drakopoulou‐Dodd

Robert Gordon University - Aberdeen Business School - Charles P. Skene Centre for Entrepreneurship

Abstract

Research has traditionally concentrated on formal kin involvement in the family business. This study investigates if, to what extent, and how entrepreneurs capitalized on resources embedded in the family, but beyond the formal traditionally defined boundaries of the family firm. Employing both quantitative and qualitative approaches, the study finds that about one-quarter of our sample's entrepreneurial network ties were kin, and that most of these worked outside the formal family firm. These ties provided a range of very important resources, both professional and affective in nature. Such beneficial ties extend the family firm without incurring the typical hazards of external linkages.

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Alistair R. and Jack, Sarah L. and Drakopoulou-Dodd, Sarah, The Role of Family Members in Entrepreneurial Networks: Beyond the Boundaries of the Family Firm. Family Business Review, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 135-154, June 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=727293

Alistair R. Anderson (Contact Author)

Robert Gordon University - Aberdeen Business School - Charles P. Skene Centre for Entrepreneurship ( email )

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Aberdeen AB10 7QE
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Sarah L. Jack

University of Aberdeen - Business School - Management Studies ( email )

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Dunbar Street
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

Sarah Drakopoulou-Dodd

Robert Gordon University - Aberdeen Business School - Charles P. Skene Centre for Entrepreneurship ( email )

Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1224 263800 (Phone)

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