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Roy Suddaby

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Trish Reay

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Giorgia Maria D’Allura, Andrea Colli and Sanjay Goel

Family firms represent over 90 percent of businesses around the world and often play a more significant role in the economies of nations. The impact of the family on organizational behavior and firm performance is the factor that makes the difference between family and non-family firms. To illustrate how the family as a variable can be used to generate theory in a broad explanatory sense, we need to investigate both micro- and macro-levels of organizations. At a micro-level, family firms’ heterogeneity may be explained in terms of how the family behaves and intervenes in the business. At a macro-level, a possible explanation of such diversity is the institutional context, that is the general framework that influences firms’ behavior and strategy along the dimensions of culture, innovation propensity, law, governance rules, economic and financial constraints, and so on. Indeed, the family as a social unit can be considered another dimension of the institutional context. The book contributes in all these directions through theoretical and empirical chapters from different institutional contexts.

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Gary A. Zwick and James J. Jurinski

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Gary A. Zwick and James J. Jurinski

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Gary A. Zwick and James J. Jurinski

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Edited by Ulla Hytti, Robert Blackburn and Eddy Laveren

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Jeremi Brewer and Stephen W. Gibson

Stephen and Bette Gibson founded the Academy for Creating Enterprise (the Academy) in Cebu, the Philippines in order to give local necessity entrepreneurs a chance to obtain an education on microenterprise. The Academy employs the “discovery learning,” or “guided learning,” methodology—the same methodology that Professor Clayton Christensen uses with his students at Harvard’s Business School. The Academy opened a second location in Mexico City in 2008 under the direction of Dr. Jeremi Brewer, Dr. Rebecca Brewer, and Mr. Gandhi Blas Pérez. Using the Gibsons’ curriculum and methodology, Academy Mexico has trained more than 4,100 individuals, and an estimated 500 new income generating activities have been created along with nearly 700 new jobs.

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Edited by Jeremi Brewer and Stephen W. Gibson

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Raj K. Shankar

Seventy percent of India’s population is under 35 years of age. A large portion of this oft-spoken demographic dividend is either unemployed or underemployed. To avoid an impending demographic disaster, Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST), the brainchild of Lakshmi Venkatesan, has taken up the cause of entrepreneur creation and support. This chapter details the entrepreneurial rise of BYST, its various experiments, its unique “Guru-Sishya model” of mentoring, and stories of few successful entrepreneurs created. BYST’s approach to bringing together education, mentoring and resource facilitation will serve as a model for all who are interested in creating and nurturing necessity entrepreneurs.