Entrepreneurial Succession: Intergenerational Entrepreneurship in Family Business

Topics: Qualitative research, Scientific method, Case study Pages: 24 (6136 words) Published: April 7, 2011
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PhD Research Proposal

Entrepreneurial Succession: Intergenerational Entrepreneurship in Family Business

Paul J. Woodfield, PhD Candidate The University of Auckland Business School 12 Grafton Road Auckland New Zealand Ph: +6421809894 Email: p.woodfield@auckland.ac.nz

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CONTENTS
RESEARCH AIMS AND OBJECTIVES .......................................................... 3 LITERATURE REVIEW ................................................................................... 4 Background ............................................................................................................................................. 4 Rationale ................................................................................................................................................. 5 Questions ................................................................................................................................................. 8

METHOD ......................................................................................................... 9 Philosophical Context Domain ............................................................................................................ 11 Methodical Content Domain................................................................................................................ 13 Methodical Clusters (Research Strategy)........................................................................................... 13 Data Collection Techniques ............................................................................................................... 17 Data Analysis Techniques ................................................................................................................. 20 Research Contribution ......................................................................................................................... 21

ETHICAL REQUIREMENTS ......................................................................... 22 TIMELINE ...................................................................................................... 23 REFERENCES .............................................................................................. 24

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RESEARCH AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aim of the proposed research is to examine how family businesses ensure that entrepreneurial activity continues across generations. The intergenerational transfer of the vision and purpose of a family business and the extent this translates into entrepreneurship in subsequent generations will be critically examined.

Figure 1 will guide the research in terms of the overlapping constructs and the nexus culminated in the intersection of entrepreneurship, family business, and succession.

Family Business (2)

E/FB overlap (4)

FB/S overlap (5) E/FB/S nexus (7)

Entrepreneurship (1)

Succession (3)

E/S overlap (6)

Figure 1: Family business, entrepreneurship and succession nexus (Woodfield, 2008)

In each of the primary areas of interest (entrepreneurship, family business, and succession), there is relatively extensive literature. The overlaps, however, are disproportionate. The entrepreneurship/family business overlap (4) and the family business/succession overlap (5) have been gaining ground in the literature, but the

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entrepreneurship/succession overlap (6) is not spoken for to any large extent, and the entrepreneurship/family business/succession nexus (7) is representative of significant literature in the primary areas of interest, but the combination is virgin. The literature review will provide more background to...

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