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Social Networking in Family Businesses in a Local Economy

Seaman C, McQuaid R & Pearson M (2017) Social Networking in Family Businesses in a Local Economy, Local Economy, 32 (5), pp. 451-466.

Small, family owned businesses make considerable contributions to local economies. The importance of social networks to their development is also well established. This paper explores the different types of distinct, but interlocking, social networks of a rural business family, focussing upon the interaction between family, business and friendship networks. It presents a multi-rational logic framework to consider how the differing logics of each of these network influences the development and behaviour of family businesses. The changes in networks over time and between generations of the family are also analysed and gaps or structural holes within the networks identified. Implications for research and policy are then set out.

business networks, family business, local economy, longitudinal, multi-rational perspective, social networks

AuthorsSeaman Claire, McQuaid Ronald, Pearson Michael
Publication date08/2017
Publication date online30/07/2017
Date accepted by journal04/07/2017
ISSN 0269-0942

Local Economy: Volume 32, Issue 5

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