Purpose: This article aims at exploring gender and legitimacy in family business succession. Approach: Within the theoretical framework of French pragmatic sociology, we conceptualise the family business as the locus where two regimes of engagement are present, generating the co-presence of two orders of worth, namely, the domestic and the industrial. Taking a processual approach to entrepreneuring, and using case studies of small enterprises in Italy, we explore the case of daughters taking over the family firms. Findings: The article shows how the daughters’ perceived gender inequality in the succession process is justified, and how the justification work and the production of legitimacy are accomplished, shifting from one order of worth to the other. Originality: The value of the contribution consists in pointing to how gender inequality is reproduced, and justified inside the family business. The dual regime of engagement is what justifies the reproduction of a specific gender regime within the family business. Moreover the paper adds the category ‘gender’ to French pragmatist sociology.

Daughters Taking Over the Family Business: Their Justification Work within a Dual Regime of Engagement / Gherardi, Silvia; Perrotta, Manuela. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GENDER AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP. - ISSN 1756-6266. - STAMPA. - 2016:8(1)(2016), pp. 28-47.

Daughters Taking Over the Family Business: Their Justification Work within a Dual Regime of Engagement.

Gherardi, Silvia;Perrotta, Manuela
2016-01-01

Abstract

Purpose: This article aims at exploring gender and legitimacy in family business succession. Approach: Within the theoretical framework of French pragmatic sociology, we conceptualise the family business as the locus where two regimes of engagement are present, generating the co-presence of two orders of worth, namely, the domestic and the industrial. Taking a processual approach to entrepreneuring, and using case studies of small enterprises in Italy, we explore the case of daughters taking over the family firms. Findings: The article shows how the daughters’ perceived gender inequality in the succession process is justified, and how the justification work and the production of legitimacy are accomplished, shifting from one order of worth to the other. Originality: The value of the contribution consists in pointing to how gender inequality is reproduced, and justified inside the family business. The dual regime of engagement is what justifies the reproduction of a specific gender regime within the family business. Moreover the paper adds the category ‘gender’ to French pragmatist sociology.
2016
8(1)
Gherardi, Silvia; Perrotta, Manuela
Daughters Taking Over the Family Business: Their Justification Work within a Dual Regime of Engagement / Gherardi, Silvia; Perrotta, Manuela. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GENDER AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP. - ISSN 1756-6266. - STAMPA. - 2016:8(1)(2016), pp. 28-47.
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