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|Title:||The catholic spirit and family business: Contrasting Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Southern Europe|
|Author(s):||Vipin Gupta, Nancy Levenburg|
|Volume:||12 Editor(s): Alex Stewart, G.T. Lumpkin, Jerome A. Katz ISBN: 978-0-85724-097-2 eISBN: 978-0-85724-098-9|
|Citation:||Vipin Gupta, Nancy Levenburg (2010), The catholic spirit and family business: Contrasting Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Southern Europe, in Alex Stewart, G.T. Lumpkin, Jerome A. Katz (ed.) Entrepreneurship and Family Business (Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth, Volume 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.185-228|
|DOI:||10.1108/S1074-7540(2010)0000012009 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Article type:||Chapter Item|
Family businesses must be examined within the cultural contexts in which they are bred, nourished, and grown. According to Chrisman, Chua, and Steier (2003), family businesses are launched for reasons other than the desire for dollars and cents (or rupees and yen). In fact, the authors note, “Family businesses… bring together so starkly the economic and non-economic realities of organizational life…” (2003, p. 442). Calls for family business research that extend beyond traditional geographical boundaries to include global comparisons have been issued by Hoy (2003) and others. Fortunately, recent developments in cultural assessment and measurement methodology have provided tools to enable a better understanding of families and family businesses vis-à-vis the use of regional clusters and comparative lenses (Gupta & Hanges, 2004). Gupta and Hanges (2004) note three clusters of the Catholic ethic: Southern (or Latin) Europe, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. As shown in Table 1, more than three-fourths of the population in these clusters follows the Catholic faith. In this study, we examine the spirit of family business in these three clusters.
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