Gender, Entrepreneurship and Family Business


Submissions Open: 1 January 2022

Submission Deadline: 23 April 2022


In developing and developed economies, the family business plays an important financial role. Its stability, continuity and decision-making and innovation have emphasized sustainable social and national growth. Their development draws researchers, academics and policy makers' attention and they seek an in-depth understanding of this area with three views. Firstly, understanding family business entrepreneurial strategies, secondly role of human capital and social capital in the family business and thirdly female participation as entrepreneurs i.e. femtrepreneurs (Ogunyemi, 2015; Seaman, 2015) in the family business (Barrett and Moores, 2009; Ratten et al., 2017b). A thorough study of family business literature reveals that management and strategy, followed by succession, distinctiveness, leadership, social capital and female etc., are the most researched fields (Ratten et al., 2017; Ramadani et al., 2017a). The participation of female in the family business, in which the leading men (e.g., father, husband, and brother) lead the family, creates curiosity among entrepreneurship researchers and academicians. The gender-based studies strengthen entrepreneurship and familial business studies, as they focus on the individual's attitudes, skills and behaviors (Sonfield and Lussier, 2012). The understanding of family business is still elusive as it consists of family and business identity. The previous studies focused on the involvement of family members in the business and the role of entrepreneurial parents to nurture and develop the business talent in their children (Chang et al., 2021; Dyer and Handler, 1994). In family businesses, females are often seen as being marginalized at the expenses of males. This stereotype perception towards the involvement of women in family businesses are changing due to various reasons such as government and non-government policies, involvement in the workforce, structure of family-one child in one family, importance to female at national level etc. This special issue will be inviting the different viewpoints on various dimensions related to the women, entrepreneurship and family business such including entrepreneurial behavior, attitudes, competencies, management style etc.


In comparison to male counterparts, fewer studies have pointed to the importance of women in the business as family business considered as the traditional and vital pillar of the world of business. Female involvement in economic development of any country is significant. The less participation of women is due in large part to the gender-stereotyping perception of society. The feminist business theories suggest that more work is needed on gender-based studies in the family business (Agarwal and Lenka, 2018; Bjursell and Bäckvall, 2011). This means that more research in female and family businesses is needed because female entrepreneurs have faced various problems due to a gender comparison and mostly questioning on their capabilities and skills since their business activities are based on emotional, empathic and soft relationships than on more economic reasons favored by males. Enterprise is the product of the environment and the entrepreneurs have been described as heroic individuals with risks, innovation and opportunities alertness. Family enterprises in this digital world work in an innovative way and act as entrepreneurs, by adapting entrepreneurial innovative mindset to grow and develop their family businesses (Nordqvist and Melin, 2010). The family members are in charge of business activities in connection with family business. With the structure of the family, the ideological principles of business family are changing with the daughter’s involvement in the business related activities. Equal to male, female strengthen their human and social capital with the support of family and actively participating in exploring the innovative opportunities related to entrepreneurial activities of family business. Now it’s a time to get explore more research on different perspectives to encourage the participation female in family business and strengthen the societal and national conditional of the country.


Identification of various perspectives for the development of gender studies in family business.

  • Formulate the related models for the advancement of research that considers gender, entrepreneurship and family business
  • To research the methodologies, arrangements, and bearings for the study related to gender, entrepreneurship in the context of family business.
  • Review studies on related themes

Topics of Interest

The special issue calls for papers on following topics not limited to:

  • Participation of female in family business
  • Modeling the factors affecting the growth of female in family business
  • New research directions related to gender, entrepreneurship and family business
  • Competencies of female family business owner
  • Entrepreneurship education effects on gender and family business.
  • Role of human capital and social capital
  • Entrepreneurial behavior of female in family business.
  • Through various quantitative and qualitative methodologies to explore the various dimensions associated with gender, entrepreneurship and family business.

Submissions information

Submissions to this journal are made through the ScholarOne submission system. Submissions should follow JFBM author guidelines found here. 

Guest Editor Bios

Dr. Sucheta Agarwal

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Sucheta Agarwal is working as an Associate Professor in Institute of Business Management, GLA University Mathura, India. Dr Agarwal did her PhD in entrepreneurship from Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India. Her areas of interest are

education, entrepreneurship, human resource management, industrial relations and organizational

behaviour. She has several publications and has contributed several research papers to SCOPUS

abstracted and ABDC ranked journals of international and national repute


Professor Veland Ramadani

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Veland Ramadani is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business at South East European University, the Republic of North Macedonia. His research interests include entrepreneurship, small business management and family businesses. He authored and co-authored around 140 research articles, 11 textbooks and 16 edited books. Dr Ramadani is a Co-Chief Editor of Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy (JEC). In 2017, he was appointed as a Member of Supervisory Board of Development Bank of North Macedonia, where for 10 months he served as an acting Chief Operating Officer as well. Dr Ramadani received the Award for Excellence 2016 – Outstanding Paper by Emerald Group Publishing. His last book Organizational Mindset of Entrepreneurship was published by Springer.


Dr. Vivek Agrawal

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Dr. Vivek Agrawal is working as an Associate Professor in Institute of Business Management, GLA University Mathura, India. Dr Agrawal did his PhD from GLA University, Mathura, India. His areas of interest are e-service quality, education, entrepreneurship, supply chain management and elearning. He has several publications and has contributed several research papers to SCOPUS abstracted and ABDC ranked journals of international repute. He is a recipient of “Outstanding Reviewer Award” awarded by Elsevier in his credit.


Dr. Jitendra Kumar Dixit

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Jitendra Kumar Dixit is working as an Associate Professor in Institute of Business Management of GLA University, Mathura, India. He is perusing PhD in the area of management. He has more than 12 years of teaching experience. He has attended and presented papers in various national and international conferences. He has also published research papers in reputed Scopus and ABDC journals. His academic and research area includes consumer psychology and behaviour, education, entrepreneurship, sustainable development and econometrics.


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