Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

14 p.

Publication Date

Summer 2003

Publisher

Wiley

Source Publication

Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice

Source ISSN

1042-2587

Abstract

Anthropological kinship theory is explored for potential contributions to a theory of family business. This paper considers the costs and benefits of a role for kinship in business. Both derive from the discrepancy between the normative orders of kinship and markets; respectively, long-term generalized reciprocity and short-term balanced reciprocity. Because the former reflects the morality of society as a whole, kinship integrates social fields more readily than more specialized orders like markets.

Comments

Post-print. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Volume 27, No. 1 (Summer 2003), DOI. Used with permission. The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com.

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