Building bridges between gender and family business literature to advance women’s empowerment

Amaia Maseda*, Txomin Iturralde, Gloria Aparicio, Sarah Y. Cooper

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Purpose: This study aims to underline the importance of addressing gender issues in family firms. It reinvigorates research in this field by revealing its current state, identifying research gaps and suggesting future agendas. 

Design/methodology/approach: A bibliometric approach using a co-word analysis of 376 papers from the Web of Science database and their 885 keywords was performed to reveal the thematic structure of gender and family firm research, research topics, associations among them and their evolution over the last 30 years (1991–2021). 

Findings: This review provides an extensive literature base and suggests research topics that facilitate the adoption of a gendered lens in family firm literature and business practice. 

Research limitations/implications: This review demonstrates how gender issues are intertwined with management, leadership and family firm approaches. Our observations inform scholars, policymakers and practitioners on the need to integrate gender issues into organizational culture and to connect empowerment strategies with the sociocultural environment. 

Originality/value: This study shows the need to address women’s empowerment in business, considering different sociocultural contexts in addition to a Western focus. It also calls for embracing gender and feminist perspectives in research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1029-1074
JournalGender in Management: An International Journal
Issue number8
Early online date20 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • gender
  • family firm
  • diversity
  • women empowerment
  • bibliometric
  • co-word analysis


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