Evolutionary Long-Term Entrepreneurial Processes in Business Families

Rosa, Peter and Bika, Zografia ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2970-2941 (2023) Evolutionary Long-Term Entrepreneurial Processes in Business Families. In: De Gruyter Handbook of Business Families. Walter de Gruyter, pp. 223-245. ISBN 9783110727814

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Abstract

This chapter draws on socio-economic evolutionary theories of organizational change to explain transgenerational continuity and growth issues of successful long-lived entrepreneurial business families. We suggest that wider political, social, and economic forces that cannot be predicted, act as selective mechanisms at different levels of resolution (within a firm; within a group of firms, on a whole industry, or even on the fabric of the whole business family). The complex interaction of these evolutionary processes is illustrated in two contrasting empirical cases from Scotland and Uganda. There are challenges to researchers in integrating emergent evolutionary changes (based on evolutionary theory) with those associated with planned strategy-based theories stressing the role of strategic long-term entrepreneurial orientation in transgenerational business families.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: evolutionary theories,transgenerational continuity,entrepreneurial processes,entrepreneurial orientation
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2023 15:30
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2023 15:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/90703
DOI: 10.1515/9783110727968-011

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