Networks in family business: a multi-rational approach
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Seaman, C., McQuaid, R. & Pearson, M. (2014) Networks in family business: a multi-rational approach. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 10 (3), pp. 523-537.
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. 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.