Barriers or Motivation? Career Progress in the Family Firm: Daughters' Perspective




Family business, Gender, Motivation, Barriers, Position, Ethics


Women are under-represented in high-level management and administrative positions in family businesses. To date, the research on career motivation remains in the shadow of research on gender barriers. By acknowledging the relation between the two, it is proposed to look holistically at the problem and to empirically examine the relation between motivation, barriers, and position of daughters in family business. By conducting SEM analysis, it was found that motivation to act ethically is positively associated with high positions and that barriers “specific to family business” are negatively related to high positions. This article validates two scales and makes methodological contributions to the stream of research on daughters in family business that to date relies mainly on qualitative studies.


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Author Biographies

Anna Akhmedova, IESE Business School


Rita Cavallotti, UIC-Barcelona

IESF-Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Familia


Frederic Marimon, UIC-Barcelona

Dept. de Administración y Dirección de Empresa




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How to Cite

Akhmedova, A., Cavallotti, R., & Marimon, F. (2019). Barriers or Motivation? Career Progress in the Family Firm: Daughters’ Perspective. European Journal of Family Business, 8(2), 103–115.



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