The Family Business Group Phenomenon

Emergence and Complexities

  • Marita Rautiainen
  • Peter Rosa
  • Timo Pihkala
  • Maria José Parada
  • Allan Discua Cruz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Peter Rosa, Marita Rautiainen, Timo Pihkala, Maria José Parada, Allan Discua Cruz
    Pages 1-13
  3. Theoretical and Methodological Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Peter Rosa, Marita Rautiainen, Timo Pihkala
      Pages 37-62
  4. The Emergence of Family Business Groups Through Portfolio Entrepreneurship

  5. Complexity and the Development of Family Business Groups

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Kajari Mukherjee, Marita Rautiainen, Timo Pihkala, Peter Rosa
      Pages 177-200
    3. Maria José Parada, Naveed Akhter, Rodrigo Basco, Allan Discua Cruz, Sarah Fitz-Koch
      Pages 201-222
    4. Timo Pihkala, Sanjay Goel, Marita Rautiainen, Kajari Mukherjee, Markku Ikävalko
      Pages 223-252
  6. Family Business Groups in Different Local Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Suvi Konsti-Laakso, Jussi Heikkilä, Marita Rautiainen, Satu Rinkinen, Naveed Akhter
      Pages 287-314
    3. Allan Discua Cruz, Rodrigo Basco, Maria José Parada, Antonio Malfense Fierro, Cristina Alvarado-Alvarez
      Pages 315-352
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 385-385
    2. Peter Rosa, Marita Rautiainen, Timo Pihkala, Maria José Parada, Allan Discua Cruz
      Pages 387-395
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 397-400

About this book


This edited collection analyses the unexplored concept of the family business group, evaluating the opportunities and advantages that it creates for entrepreneurs. Raising a number of important questions, the authors construct a new research agenda for the complex topic of the family business group, which will ultimately assess its contribution towards the economy and society in general. The chapters provide a core understanding of the phenomenon and cover its formation, nature and complexities, as well as offering a holistic perspective and exploring factors such as scale, size and regional contexts. A useful tool for those researching small businesses, organisation, and business strategy, this book highlights the key advantages of family business group structures in both developed and developing countries, and local and national contexts.


ownership transgenerational entrepreneurship entrepreneurship family identity business structure global economy local economy complexity

Editors and affiliations

  • Marita Rautiainen
    • 1
  • Peter Rosa
    • 2
  • Timo Pihkala
    • 3
  • Maria José Parada
    • 4
  • Allan Discua Cruz
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Engineering Science Lappeenranta University of TechnologyLahtiFinland
  2. 2.Business SchoolUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  3. 3.School of Engineering Science Lappeenranta University of TechnologyLahtiFinland
  4. 4.Strategy and General Management DepartmentESADE Business SchoolBarcelonaSpain
  5. 5.Department of Entrepreneurship and StrategyLancaster University Management SchoolLancasterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98541-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98542-8
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