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The Effects Of Ethnicity, Families And Culture On Entrepreneurial Experience: An Extension Of Sustainable Family Business Theory


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    (Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota, 290 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108, USA)


    (Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota, 290 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108, USA)


    (Department of Consumer Sciences, 1787 Neil Avenue, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1295, USA)


    (Department of Management, Baruch College, Box B9-240, One Bernard Baruch Way, NY 10010, USA)

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    Entrepreneurs have been traditionally epitomized as rugged individuals garnering creative forces of innovation and technology. Applying this traditional, limited, and narrow view of entrepreneurship to ethnic firm creation and growth is to ignore or discount core cultural values of the ethnic contexts in which these firms operate. It is no longer possible to depend solely on human capital theory and household characteristic descriptions to understand the complex and interdependent relationships between the ethnic-owning family, its firm, and the community context in which the firm operates. This paper addresses the complex dynamic of ethnic firms with three purposes: (a) to provide a cultural context for the three ethnic groups composing the National Minority Business Owner Study; (b) to extend the Sustainable Family Business Theory, a dynamic, behaviorally-based, multi-dimensional family firm theory, by clarifying how it accommodates ethnic firm complexities within their cultural context, and (c) to derive implications for research, education and consulting with worldwide applications.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 03 ()
    Pages: 229-268

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    Handle: RePEc:wsi:jdexxx:v:13:y:2008:i:03:p:229-268

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    Keywords: Ethnic-family businesses; entrepreneurship; Sustainable Family Business Theory (SFBT);


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    1. Kidwell, Roland E. & Hoy, Frank & Ibarreche, Santiago, 2012. "“Ethnic” family business or just family business? Human resource practices in the ethnic family firm," Journal of Family Business Strategy, Elsevier, vol. 3(1), pages 12-17.
    2. Kim, Y. & Gao, F.Y., 2013. "Does family involvement increase business performance? Family-longevity goals’ moderating role in Chinese family firms," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 66(2), pages 265-274.
    3. Stafford, Kathryn & Danes, Sharon M. & Haynes, George W., 2013. "Long-term family firm survival and growth considering owning family adaptive capacity and federal disaster assistance receipt," Journal of Family Business Strategy, Elsevier, vol. 4(3), pages 188-200.
    4. McDonald, Tia M. & Marshall, Maria I., 2013. "Family Conflict and Farm Profitability: Not Always a Negative Relationship," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150630, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    5. Hirigoyen, Gérard & Labaki, Rania, 2012. "The role of regret in the owner-manager decision-making in the family business: A conceptual approach," Journal of Family Business Strategy, Elsevier, vol. 3(2), pages 118-126.
    6. Holly Schrank & Maria Marshall & Adrienne Hall-Phillips & Renee Wiatt & Nicole Jones, 2013. "Small-business demise and recovery after Katrina: rate of survival and demise," Natural Hazards, International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 65(3), pages 2353-2374, February.
    7. Shinnar, Rachel S. & Cho, Seonghee & Rogoff, Edward G., 2013. "Outcomes of family involvement in minority owned family businesses," Journal of Family Business Strategy, Elsevier, vol. 4(1), pages 22-33.
    8. Clinton Gudmunson & Sharon Danes, 2011. "Family Financial Socialization: Theory and Critical Review," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 32(4), pages 644-667, December.
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    10. Powell, Gary N. & Eddleston, Kimberly A., 2013. "Linking family-to-business enrichment and support to entrepreneurial success: Do female and male entrepreneurs experience different outcomes?," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 28(2), pages 261-280.


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