Family business networks: mulit-rational perspectives on networking in family owned and managed small and micro-businesses.

Seaman, Claire Elizabeth Anne (2011) Family business networks: mulit-rational perspectives on networking in family owned and managed small and micro-businesses. Other thesis, Edinburgh Napier University.

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    This portfolio considers the manner in which family businesses network.
    Networks are vital for small and micro-businesses but within current research
    mono-rationalist approaches, where the business is studied in relative
    isolation from the social component, predominate, despite an acceptance that
    in family businesses a family and a business co-exist. The report and papers
    within this portfolio argue that alternative perspectives on family business
    networks exist and can form appropriate frameworks for research.
    Specifically, an expansion of current network theory to include factors not
    directly relevant to the business but which by existing may influence the
    business is proposed, characterised here as theories of multiple rationalities.
    Multi-rational perspectives on family business networks offer, it is argued,
    greater understanding of the co-existence of family, friendship and business
    This portfolio contains four components. A report sets family business
    research in context and summarises the over-arching conclusions of the
    portfolio. Output One comprises a literature review using secondary sources
    to examine current developments in family business research. Notably,
    discussion surrounding multiple-rationalities in the strategy literature is
    pertinent to the study of networks and provides the basis for the schematic
    model developed in Output One.
    Output Two considers family businesses in a peri-urban area, providing
    evidence to support the use of multi-rational approaches and concludes with
    two illustrative case studies which allow the additional network links visible
    using multi-rational perspectives to be viewed. Output Three presents a case
    study of a family with a distinct and on-going pattern of business start-up,
    whose approaches to networking are explored from a multi-rational
    In addition to the business implications, the implications for policy and
    business support research are considerable. If family businesses draw on
    networks for business support, understanding networks should form a vital
    part of both policy and the business support landscape.

    Item Type: Thesis (Other)
    Additional Information: Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfilment for the Award of Doctorate of Business Administration Edinburgh Napier University
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Family; business; micro-business; networks; business support;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Management
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations > 658 General management
    Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
    Item ID: 5684
    Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2012 13:23
    Last Modified: 05 Oct 2012 13:23

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