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See detailInterpreneurship’: Organisational (re)emergence and entrepreneurial development in a second-generation family firm
Fletcher, Denise Elaine UL

in International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (2004), 10(1/2), 34-48

Although there has been some attention to how notions of entrepreneurship and family intersect in the life of family businesses, intensive analysis of these issues in relation to inter-generational and ... [more ▼]

Although there has been some attention to how notions of entrepreneurship and family intersect in the life of family businesses, intensive analysis of these issues in relation to inter-generational and organisational emergence in small family firms is underdeveloped. In order to redress this imbalance, it is important to undertake intensive analysis of entrepreneurial issues alongside those of family, ownership, management and inter-generational emergence. This is undertaken in this article using a biographical analysis of two second generation owner-managers and sons-in-law of the original founders of a small manufacturing company in the UK. Working with his younger brother-in-law, they are responsible for taking a small steeplejack company into its second/third generation and a new electrical engineering market. As the younger brother-in-law takes on an entrepreneurial role within the company and endeavours to develop new opportunities, the Chairman gives an account of the struggles involved in achieving a balance between ownership, management and family tensions. The notion of ‘interpreneurship’ whereby family members are interacting and creating new possibilities for themselves, their lives, their organizations whilst drawing upon past events, happenings, experiences and conversations that have gone before, is considered in the context of inter-generational (re) emergence. [less ▲]

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