Women in Turkish family businesses: drivers, contributions and challenges

Mine Karatas-Ozkan, Aybuken Erdogan, Katerina Nicolopoulou

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-219
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Cross Cultural Management
Issue number2
Early online date14 Jul 2011
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011


  • entrepreneurship
  • family business
  • gender
  • Turkey
  • women


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