For centuries, almost all economic activity was family-based. The family business rested on the division of labor among family members. Therefore the family was both socially and economically the foundation of the family business. Families were not only production units, but also education and consumption units that conveyed norm structures, values and professional identity to next generation. Although female family members have always been active participants in family businesses over the centuries, their role has often been neglected in previous studies.
Women in Business Families: From Past to Present presents both conceptual and theoretically informed empirical papers addressing three related themes relevant for family business and gender in past and in present: heroic women entrepreneurs; invisibility / visibility of women in businesses; and business succession.
The book Women in Business Families: From Past to Present balances between both historical and contemporary analyses. The chapters integrate the notions of time and gender in focusing on family businesses or business families in past and in present. This volume will be of vital reading to researchers and academics in the fields of Gender Studies, Family Business, Organizational studies, Entrepreneurship and the various related disciplines.
Table of Contents
- From household economy to family business
Jarna Heinonen and Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen
- Gender, Economy and Time
Section I: Challenging the heroic male image of entrepreneurs
- Tough times, tough measures: Widows as heroic entrepreneurs
- The Iron Lady. Elin Såger: Head of a Family Business
Jarkko Keskinen, Veli Pekka Toropainen and Mari Välimäki
- Merchant Trade: A Family Affair
Cathryn R. Spence
- Marie Hackman: A female manager in the family firm Hackman & Co.
Section II: notions of the visibility and Invisibility of women
- Moving between visibility and invisibility: Understanding social and family business spheres
Henrietta Nilson and Ulla Hytti
- ‘All the days of their lives’, Women, business and family
- Statutory invisibility: Urban business women’s legal and political rights
Jarkko Keskinen and Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen
- A lost opportunity or a lucky escape? Non-successor daughters and the family in business
Janice Byrne and Salma Fattoum
Section III: women in business Succession
- The leaders, the outcasts and the others: Which role for daughters in family businesses?
Francesca Maria Cesaroni and Annalisa Sentuti
- Enterprising Widows: Family, Business and the Sucession Process
- He suddenly died: Unplanned succession in family firms
Jarna Heinonen and Elisabet Ljunggren