Love, Hate, and Desire: The Role of Emotional Messiness in the Business Family

Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 15)


The bakery is in its second and third generations. While the father owns and manages it, his elder daughter, Sarah, is employed in it. She is a trained confectioner who has worked in the firm for 7 years. Sarah continues to upgrade her skills and has innovative ideas for renewal of her family’s enterprise. She loves her work and the business and is willing to work real hard to make it prosper in the future. Her husband, Eric, works in the production and has been with the firm for 10 years. Sarah’s younger sister, Anna, is still a student, and has no interest either in confectionary or in her family firm. Their father, John, who has been running the firm since 1980 when he took it over from his father, has declared his desire to retire in about 5 years. However, at this point he has not clarified to his family who his successor will be.


Family Firm Emotional Intelligence Emotional Exhaustion Family Business Psychological Contract 
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We gratefully acknowledge the feedback provided by Profs. Alan Carsrud and Malin Brännback, and helpful suggestions provided by the attendees of the 2010 FERC conference in Cancun and the 2010 EIASM conference in Barcelona.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jönköping International Business School, Center for Family Enterprise and OwnershipJönköpingSweden
  2. 2.School of Business AdministrationUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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