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See detailA review of the educational and support infrastructure for family business in the United Kingdom
Fletcher, Denise Elaine UL

in International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy (2010), 30(7/8), 440-456

In this article, a review of the educational and support infrastructure for UK family firms is undertaken in order to further raise the profile/challenges and support needs of family firms in the UK. This ... [more ▼]

In this article, a review of the educational and support infrastructure for UK family firms is undertaken in order to further raise the profile/challenges and support needs of family firms in the UK. This is important because family firms are a very significant empirical phenomenon but the educational and policy support infrastructure that addresses the specific educational and support needs of small family firms in the UK, is still emergent. Furthermore, perceptions about nepotism and concerns about limited career possibilities mean that it is sometimes difficult for small/family businesses to recruit high calibre staff. Much work has to be done to address the negative perception that family firms have as employers and to recognise the complexity of social forms of organisation involving families. This situation sits in sharp contrast to the United States where family business interests have a very strong curriculum presence, with many endowed chairs, family business programmes and networks/associations dedicated to promoting these interests. [less ▲]

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