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Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 8th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship ECIE 2013 pages:835-835
8th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship edition:2013 location:Brussels, Belgium date:19-20 September 2013
The aim of this paper is to shed light on how organizational relationships contribute to entrepreneurial resourcefulness. We utilize case-study data from interviews with 36 family business entrepreneurs. We provide some preliminary findings:
• Our results confirm that family business entrepreneurs build strong internal and external relationships;
• Our results suggest that the quantity of intra-organizational relationships is related to the extent of opportunities available to the entrepreneur;
• Our results suggest that the quality of intra-organizational relationships is the most defining element for entrepreneurial resourcefulness.
This paper offers deeper insight into the essence of entrepreneurial resourcefulness. This paper also contributes to knowledge on the interactions in family businesses between an owning family on the one side, and internal and external business stakeholders on the other side (Gersick, 1997).