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Claire Seaman
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  • Edinburgh
  • United Kingdom
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Occupation relative to family business
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With what family business organizations are you affiliated (e.g., FFI, FBN, IFERA, FERC, CAFE, IFB)?
FFI, Scottish Family Business Association, UK Family Business Research Community, IFERA
Please share a little about yourself and your business.
Based at Queen Margaret University and a founder of the Scottish Family Business REsearch Forum, my key research focus is on the way in which family busienss members use networks to facilitate business development, competitive advantage etc. Of particular interest is the manner in which the family are embedded in the networks that surround the business - and the way in which family, friendship and business networks intertwine.

Special Issue of the Journal of Family Business Management: Deadline 14th February 2014

Guest Editors: Dr Claire Seaman, Richard Bent and Professor Donald Getz

The Journal of Family Business Management aims to provide a wide ranging forum for the inter-disciplinary discussion and information exchange on family business related topics, with the aim of advancing both conceptual development and application of empirical methodologies, leading to an improvement in our understanding of family businesses.

Recognizing the importance of family businesses in hospitality & tourism industries this call for papers invites submissions for a special issue entitled ‘Family Businesses & Business Families in Hospitality & Tourism’, to be guest edited by Dr Claire Seaman & Richard Bent from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and Professor Donald Getz from Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.

Theoretical, empirical and practice-based papers are invited for this special issue of the Journal of Family Business Management, which will explore various aspects of the contribution family businesses make to the hospitality and tourism industries. Manuscripts are especially welcome in areas such as:

  • The impact of family businesses on regional economic development
  • Succession planning in family businesses
  • Education, learning, knowledge exchange & knowledge management in family businesses
  • The public sector and its interaction with family business, development, behaviour and success
  • Marketing hospitality organisations as family businesses
  • Family Business start-ups and entrepreneurship in hospitality and tourism
  • Development and business growth within the family environment
  • The role of social and business networks in family business development
  • Family business development in established and new migrant communities
  • The role of education in family business development
  • The interaction of family businesses with business support services
  • Communication and behaviour within the family business
  • Managing change in the family business

Given the diverse nature of family business in its UK and Global context, it is likely that researchers are working in areas not specified above, i.e. case studies or other forms of analytical research. The editors would be very keen to consider such manuscripts.

For further information, please contact Dr Claire Seaman at

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Networks in Family Business: Sources of Information, Drivers of Change

Where do new ideas come from? What prompts a business leader to start thinking about succession? How is knowledge shared [or not] between businesses?

Of course, there are many answers to such questions, but one aspect that influences the answer to all of…


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At 10:31am on April 1, 2010, Elaine Fleming said…
Hi Clair,

Its nice to hear from you. Yes I would be interested in any up coming events. Anything that will help.

Just joined this so not sure I am getting the best out of the site yet.


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