Influence of early exposure to family business experience on developing entrepreneurs

Cath Tarling, Paul Jones, Lyndon Murphy

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    Abstract

    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to consider the influences of family business and exposure to family business ideas upon students and graduates during their transition from higher education (HE) towards career identification of entrepreneurship. It explores influences, values and experiences actively impacting on business start-up following exposure to family business or business ideas. Design/methodology/approach – A grounded theory approach was adopted to investigate the wider student/graduate transition between HE and business start-up support provision. The aim of the interviews undertaken was to investigate those influences actively impacting on business start-up provision and reflect upon the complexities within the student journey through transition towards business start-up. The researchers investigated stories, experiences and insights of nascent and practicing entrepreneurs acquiring rich qualitative evidence. Findings – This study evaluates the influences impacting upon practicing entrepreneurs following exposure to family business and awareness of business ideas arising from immediate or extended family prior to undertaking a business start-up. The findings inform discussions about family role models and contribute to the development of enterprise education pedagogy. It is found that individuals attachment to business and family business values are strongly formed concepts that motivate and steer entrepreneurial direction. Practical implications – This paper contributes to development of enterprise and entrepreneurship educator pedagogy and explores use of entrepreneurial role models and positive learning experiences gained through personal exposure to family business and ideas. Originality/value – This study contributes to a fuller understanding of the potential for positive influence through exposure to familial businesses, growing up around businesses and awareness of business ideas arising from immediate or extended family. Integration of learning opportunities with development of pedagogy will be of interest to the enterprise education community.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)733-750
    Number of pages28
    JournalEducation + Training
    Volume58
    Issue number7/8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • Enterprise
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Higher education
    • Business start-up
    • Familial business
    • Family role model

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