Introduction to Women, Family and Family Businesses Across Entrepreneurial Contexts
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Family firms have a prominent role across countries and industries and are the main organizational form for most ventures worldwide. The role of women belonging to a family business is different than that in other types of organizations. Research suggests that the role of women within these types of businesses is often minimized; they are present but contribute "in the shadows" to the growth and sustainability of the family firm. In sum, there is a lack of systematic knowledge about women in the context of family businesses, and about how women as entrepreneurs are managing their families.