At the heart of things: The role of the "married" couple in entrepreneurship and family business

Blenkinsopp, John and Owens, Gill (2010) At the heart of things: The role of the "married" couple in entrepreneurship and family business. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 16 (5). pp. 357-369. ISSN 1355-2554

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The paper aims to develop an expanded conceptualisation of copreneurship, locating it within the family embeddedness perspective on entrepreneurship.

The paper draws upon entrepreneurship and family business literatures in order to identify the concept of copreneurship within both traditions.

Copreneurship has been examined by researchers in both fields and, although there are limitations to the current understanding, it clearly represents an important phenomenon, and the role of spousal support in entrepreneurship being identified as particularly significant.

Research limitations/implications:
By locating copreneurship as a key link between the entrepreneurship and family business literatures, this paper offers a useful basis for framing subsequent work using insight from both fields.

Practical implications:
Copreneurship, and other forms of small family firms, represent a high proportion of new ventures and there are, therefore, considerable policy benefits to gaining greater understanding of the dynamics of such ventures.

The paper offers an expanded conceptualisation of copreneurship which both increases its utility as a construct and highlight key definitional issues for future research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Entrepreneurialism, Family firms, Spouses
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 12:24
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:53

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