International Journal of Family Business and Regional Development
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International Journal of Family Business and Regional Development (5 papers in press)
Push or Pull Motivation? A Study of Migrant Women Entrepreneurs in UAE by Julie Vardhan, SUPRIYA BOHRA Abstract: The study intends to find the motivational factors and personality characteristics of migrant women entrepreneurs in UAE. While a number of research argue that women have been pulled into entrepreneurship for economic independence, other studies consider that women have been pushed to entrepreneurship due to non-availability of employment opportunities in other areas. To date, existing research on push-pull has not been considered in the context of migrant women entrepreneurs in UAE. Drawing on survey and interview with 29 migrant (also called expatriate) women entrepreneurs in UAE, this exploratory study examines the motivational factors and entrepreneurial traits of success for the expatriate women. Data are collected over a period of one year, and consists of a survey through a questionnaire and interviews with 13 of the entrepreneurs to understand the entrepreneurial journey. The findings suggest the importance of push as well as the pull factors, and the influence of the personal characteristics in the formation of a new business. By exploring the motivations and characteristics that impact the business performance of women migrant entrepreneurs, we aim to enrich understanding on migrant women entrepreneurship in UAE. Keywords: Migrant Entrepreneurs; Women; Personalities; Push-pull Motivations; UAE.
A STUDY OF FACTORS AFFECTING INHERITANCE SUCCESS IN FAMILY BUSINESSES IN KERALA by Bhasi Marath, Renuka V V, Rajkumar S Abstract: Family business contributes significantly to the Indian economy, their existence and survivalis therefore important. Generational transition is the time when many family businesses or business families fail. In this empirical study the effect of selected owner and business related factors on success of inheritance in family businesses in Kerala is examined. Based on the responses from one hundred and fifty current owners of family businesses in Kerala, we have identified the important owner and business related factors that have significant impact on the chance of success of inheritance in the family business. Two owner-related factors, religion and age, and two business related factors, size of business and type of organization were found to have significant impact on the chance of success of inheritance management in family business. Keywords: INHERITANCE; FAMILY BUSINESS; RELIGION; SIZE; INDIA.
Gender differences in family business management: Do they really exist? by Shaike Marom, Robert Lussier, Matthew Sonfield Abstract: Research investigating whether there are gender differences in the management of businesses has produced mixed results. This study investigated gender differences within the family business sector. Empirical inquiry was based on data collected from 210 small family businesses in South America. Results indicate no significant gender differences in managerial activities and characteristics of the surveyed family businesses. Analysis of the results infers that such gender differences may be culture dependent. Theoretical and practical regional development implications for family business owner-managers, educators, consultants, and public policy and suggestions for further family business research are presented. Keywords: Family business; Gender difference; SME management; Social Role Theory;.
Case Study of Prioritization of Information communication Technologies (ICTs) in Family Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) - Using the Analytic Hierarchy Process by Seyed Kaveh Jamali, Behrang Samadi, Hamed Hakimian Abstract: This study limits the Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) to the most appropriate one in the context of family Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in terms of fulfilling their distinct needs and objectives. The purpose of the study is to explore the most appropriate ICT in family SMEs. In this way, the related ICTs used in the context of SMEs are evaluated based on the specific needs and objectives of family SMEs. The findings show that Internet/Website is the most appropriate ICT in family SMEs, particularly in Iran Keywords: Family SMEs; ICTs; Analytic Hierarchy Process; Electronic Commerce.
An Examination of Firm Size on Intra-Family Business Succession by Archie Lockamy Lockamy III Abstract: This study examines the effect of firm size on intra-family business succession. The study extends the work of Lockamy et al. (2016) which identified key determinants which inhibit intra-family business succession. Their study indicated that there are four key constructs comprised of 23 variables which have the most influence on deterring intra-family business successions. These variables were used to construct Bayesian networks to determine if firm size affects the probability that intra-family business succession does not occur within a firm. The study results indicate that there is a higher probability that intra-family business succession does not take place in a smaller firm, as measured by its number of employees. The results also suggest managerial actions that can be taken to improve the probability of intra-family business succession in smaller firms. Keywords: Family business; Conflict avoidance; Succession planning; Business succession; Firm Size; Bayesian networks.