A Fourth Movements in Entrepreneurship Book
Edited by Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyaert
Chapter 7: Rekindling the Entrepreneurial Potential of Family Business – A Radical (Old-fashioned) Feminist Proposal
Kathryn Campbell Encouraged by research that conﬁrms that family-controlled businesses dominate the global economic landscape,22 this chapter contemplates the radical proposition that family business researchers adopt an (oldfashioned) feminist lens of analysis in order to re-centre family businesses as deﬁnitive and transformative entrepreneurial enterprises. The study of family businesses23 has, until recently, been positioned within the ﬁeld of entrepreneurship as a minor or subset research domain. That subordinate status was predicated on the belief that entrepreneurial behaviour was best typiﬁed by the entrepreneurial individual. However, adulation of the heroic is abating (Steyaert, 2004) with collateral recognition of entrepreneurship as a process that is amenable to group/team enterprise and civic society engagement, an approach that is being promulgated in the work on social entrepreneurship. Now, entrepreneurship researchers are challenged to further augment their focus by examining the entrepreneurial potential of family business through an (old-fashioned) feminist lens of analysis. Living and working at the margins of power (hooks, 1984; Campbell, 2004) feminist researchers bring to mainstream research insights and methodologies honed in debates about social justice, inclusivity and community and this expertise will be invaluable to the ongoing development of family business research. The immediate goal is the deconstruction of uncontested theories and methodologies used by many family business researchers. The ultimate goal is the radical rethinking of entrepreneurial processes such that the family business is restored as the nucleus around which to build and nurture a human-scaled and life-aﬃrming economy.24 Here the modiﬁer radical...
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