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Entrepreneurship in Family Business

Cases from China


  • Presents a critical and operational approach to the essence of family business

  • Provides a detailed account of the evolution of entrepreneurship in China’s private economy

  • Studies authentic cases of second-generation family businesses from China


Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Henry X. Shi
    Pages 1-17
  3. Henry X. Shi
    Pages 19-38
  4. Henry X. Shi
    Pages 39-55
  5. Henry X. Shi
    Pages 57-73
  6. Henry X. Shi
    Pages 75-103
  7. Henry X. Shi
    Pages 105-121
  8. Henry X. Shi
    Pages 123-141
  9. Henry X. Shi
    Pages 143-167
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 169-173

About this book


This book presents an excellent analysis of how a family business is different from other forms of organization and especially its peculiarities in relation to entrepreneurship. Focusing on small and medium-sized second-generation Chinese family businesses this book provides an in-depth analysis on the relationship between the firms’ family attributes – or “familiness” as conceptualized in this book – and entrepreneurial processes, which leads to different outcomes. Eight cases from China are presented in this book and a dual-level approach is proposed for research on entrepreneurship in family businesses, emphasizing both firm processes and the role of individual owner-managers. Readers will also find several useful policy and practice-oriented perspectives in this book.


Case studies China Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship policy Family business Owner-managers SME

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.New Zealand Asia InstituteThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

About the authors

Henry X. Shi is Lecturer in Management at the University of Auckland Business School and Research Associate with the New Zealand Asia Institute. He has a PhD in Management from the University of Auckland, a Master of International Business from the University of Melbourne and an advanced teaching qualification from the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the evolution of socio-economic contexts and its impact on entrepreneurship and innovation in SMEs, particularly through family businesses and is frequently comparative across the Asia-Pacific region.

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