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The Next Generation in Enterprising Families: Studies on Entrepreneurial Roles

  • Being a next generation member in an enterprising family is accompanied by a central question: What is my role within the enterprising family and why? Taking a unified systems perspective, this dissertation thesis focuses on the next generation in enterprising families and their entrepreneurial roles within the orchestration of three elements: the individual, the family and the business. Taking into account that those three elements constantly influence each other and change over time, this dissertation thesis introduces a more holistic understanding of the next generation in enterprising families. Using a multiple-role approach conceding that the next generation can have more roles within the enterprising family next to being the successor, this dissertation thesis encompasses three studies on overall 413 next generation members focusing on their entrepreneurial roles within the family business and new venture context. This dissertation thesis uses different methodological (quantitative and qualitative) and theoretical approaches (family, social cognition and organizational behavior science) to address the limited knowledge about the different roles of the next generation within the enterprising family. Study 1 focuses on the family business versus new venture context and aims at understanding how the intentions and actions of entrepreneurial roles of the next generation emerge and develop over time. Study 2 investigates the entrepreneurial roles of the next generation within the family business and how it shapes their strategic decision making within this context. Study 3 researches the role of the next generation as a founder of an own venture, and how the enterprising family shapes the venture creation process. By that, this dissertation thesis contributes to: (1) obtaining a better understanding of the family side in entrepreneurship, which becomes especially well-observable from the (to date) under-researched perspective of the next generation in enterprising families, (2) creating a common understanding that the next generation can have entrepreneurial roles within the enterprising family beyond being the successor in the family business, which offers the opportunity to understand how entrepreneurial behavior develops within life stages and life cycles of a family and how entrepreneurship is transferred through generations, (3) emphasizing the relevance of the next generation within the family as well as the business side in investigating the potential entrepreneurial capacity of enterprising families and their business initiatives contributing to theory building on enterprising families, and (4) providing further research aspirations concerning the next generation and their roles in enterprising families, including ideas for future research on how to assess the entrepreneurial roles of the next generation within the enterprising family.

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Author:Dinah Isabel Spitzley
URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:1141-opus4-464
Referee:Reinhard Prügl, Tommaso Minola, Josip Kotlar
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Language:English
Year of Publication:2020
Date of first Publication:2020/12/11
Publishing Institution:Zeppelin Universität
Granting Institution:Zeppelin Universität
Date of final exam:2020/10/07
Release Date:2020/12/11
Tag:enterprising family, entrepreneurial roles, next generation, multiple-role approach, family business, new venture, own venture, venture creation process, family, social cognition, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship
Pagenumber:VII, 167 Seiten
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das UrhG