Women in Family Business: New Perspectives, Contexts and Roles

Mary Barrett, Jolien Huysbrechts, Siew Kim Jean Lee

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This forward-thinking book provides an invaluable contribution to the burgeoning field of research on women in family business. Combining academic rigour with first-hand narrative accounts, Women in Family Business explores classic family business concerns while considering how gender, feminism and cultural differences play a part in these organizations.

Adopting a multidisciplinary method of enquiry, the book’s editors bring together expert researchers from across the globe to analyse and assess a variety of family business organizations. Chapters explore the gender equality differences between family and non-family firms, daughters’ succession in Chinese family businesses, the development and functioning of spousal ownership teams and how daughters in Saudi Arabian family firms are conquering gender constraints. Through quantitative data analysis, literature reviews and in-depth case studies, this book provides important insights into women in family businesses in specific contexts and offers inspiring suggestions for future research.

Women in Family Business will be a crucial read for students, academics and researchers interested in family business, entrepreneurship, gender studies, business and management, politics and public policy, and development studies. Producing key practical recommendations for the future of women in family business, this book will also prove highly beneficial for business advisers as well as members of family and non-family businesses.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Number of pages316
ISBN (Print)9781802206357
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2024

Author information

Edited by Mary Barrett, Professor of Management, School of Business, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Wollongong, Australia, Jolien Huybrechts, Associate Professor in Family Business and Entrepreneurship, Department of Organization, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, the Netherlands and Jean S.K. Lee, Michelin Chair Professor in Leadership and Human Resources Management, Professor of Management, Associate Dean (Research) and Co-Director, CEIBS Centre for Family Heritage, Shanghai, China.


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