Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Teams
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Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Teams

Theory and Practice

Edited by Cyrine Ben-Hafaïedh and Thomas M. Cooney

This book reinforces the value and importance of entrepreneurial teams within the entrepreneurship literature. The expert group of contributors identifies and develops various key areas of research on entrepreneurship teams and suggests the way ahead for future research in the area. The contributors expand on the existing literature on entrepreneurial teams by first revisiting the most recent framework applied to entrepreneurial teams (that is the Inputs-Mediators-Outputs-Inputs model) and then advancing our understanding of issues such as formation, structuring, deep-level diversity and emergent states. The book additionally considers different contexts of application with reference to their commonalities and specificities and investigates under-researched areas such as entrepreneurial teams within indigenous communities, ethnically diverse groups and women entrepreneurs. The contributors present practice-relevant research and offer researchers a platform from which they can explore new insights into the phenomenon of entrepreneurial teams.
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Chapter 9: Family entrepreneurial teams

Allan Discua Cruz, Elias Hadjielias and Carole Howorth

Abstract

Family entrepreneurial teams (FETs) have unique advantages and challenges that arise from their composition and dynamics. Studies of family business have traditionally focused on the business rather than the families behind businesses. Many families have a portfolio of enterprises and operate as an entrepreneurial team. Families have tended to be overlooked in studies of entrepreneurial teams. This chapter draws on knowledge of entrepreneurial teams and family businesses in order to explain family entrepreneurial teams’ functions and outcomes. A synthesis of the key concepts and dimensions in entrepreneurial teams enables the refinement of prior definitions and theorizing about family entrepreneurial teams. By focusing on the key dynamics (i.e., formation and composition, team interaction and team turnover) and outcomes of family entrepreneurial teams, the chapter will shed light on the contextual realities of FETs and the way that they differ from other entrepreneurial teams.

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