The Dynamics between Entrepreneurship, Environment and Education
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The Dynamics between Entrepreneurship, Environment and Education

Edited by Alain Fayolle and Paula Kyrö

This book introduces the expanding European dialogue between entrepreneurship, environment and education. It considers the shape, dimensions and horizon of this multidisciplinary landscape in entrepreneurship research. The striking differences and contradictions in entrepreneurial activities, readiness and innovativeness within European countries and the proactive attitude and activities of European competitors impose a demand for a better understanding of the complex dynamics.
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Chapter 13: Family Business Responsible Ownership: Challenging the Next Generation’s Abilities

Juha Kansikas, Jan Krejci and Alena Hanzelková


Juha Kansikas, Jan Krejci and Alena Hanzelková INTRODUCTION This research focuses on responsibility and ownership among the next generation. In this case, the next generation’s abilities to act, behave and work as responsible owners are analyzed empirically through Hofstede’s cultural theory and theme interviews in four family firms. The aim of the research is to understand the nature or responsible ownership abilities in family business. The next generation can be seen as a group of people in a family who are not just employees or managers but often also shareholders in a family firm. The question of the next generation’s abilities is connected to survival and continuity in family business succession (see for instance Venter et al., 2005). Two countries of the European Union, the Czech Republic and Finland, were chosen for the research. The following criteria were used in selecting the countries: 1. The small and medium-sized family enterprises will be compared in the cultures where the number of family enterprises is nationally different. The number of family firms is increasing, but it is still on average low in the Czech Republic (based on estimations, approximately 30 per cent of all registered firms), while in Finland more than 80 per cent of all Finnish firms are family enterprises (Family Business Network Finland). The next generation’s abilities regarding responsible ownership in a high-growth economy like the Czech Republic and in a more stable growth country like Finland will be compared. Culturally, two countries were chosen for the research in...

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