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Women in Turkish family businesses : drivers, contributions and challenges

Karatas-Ozkan, Mine and Erdogan, Aybuken and Nicolopoulou, Katerina (2011) Women in Turkish family businesses : drivers, contributions and challenges. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 11 (2). pp. 203-219.

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The number and importance of women in family businesses have increased in the recent years. This is reflected in the growing academic and practitioner interest in the topic. In this paper, we have explored the role of women in family business in the context of Turkey by examining the key drivers for their active involvement, their contribution and the challenges they face. The conceptual framework of the article presents key drivers and challenges identified in the extant literature and introduces additional angles on the problematisation of the topic, mainly issues of succession, conflict and balance of work-life relationships. Drawing on empirical material collected through semi-structured interviews with participant Turkish women, we have highlighted importance of cultural dynamics in analysing drivers, contributions and challenges.