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Networks in family business: a multi-rational approach

Seaman, Claire; McQuaid, Ronald; Pearson, Mike


Claire Seaman

Ronald McQuaid

Mike Pearson


Current research on networks in family businesses has approached the topic from a mono-rational perspective where the family, business and social networks are each considered in relative isolation. This paper argues that multi-rational approaches, which accept that the three groups of networks interact and overlap, offer a useful alternative perspective. In proposing the case for multiple rationalities as a framework within which family business networking can be viewed – and in putting forward an initial model – the paper allows the interaction of the different networks within the family business to be more fully acknowledged. Evidence from the literature is presented as a basis for further exploration using empirical approaches and it is emphasised that further and empirical approaches are required.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Feb 1, 2014
Publication Date 2014-09
Deposit Date Oct 6, 2014
Print ISSN 1554-7191
Electronic ISSN 1555-1938
Publisher BMC
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Pages 523-537
Keywords Family businesses, Business families, Networking, Multi-rational
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