Where the two logics of institutional theory and entrepreneurship merge: are family businesses caught in the past or stuck in the future?

Ethel Brundin, Caroline Vigren-Kristoferson

Abstract


The aim of this article is to investigate how owners of family businesses combine their traditional heritage with changes in a new competitive arena. This is done by allowing the owners and managers of six vineyards to give voice to their concerns about the past, present, and future. The findings suggest that family businesses in the South African wine industry are subject to a process of institutionalisation in which entrepreneurial activities, which are part of this process, may not be as entrepreneurial as they appear at first. It is found that the two forms of logic behind the institutionalisation of the family firm and entrepreneurial activities in the context of the post-apartheid era can be successfully merged. Theoretical and practical implications bring the article to a close.

 


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v16i4.367

Submitted: 14 March 2012
Published: 29 November 2013



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