ISBE Family Business SIG webinar, 30 January


ISBE is pleased to present the first in its webinar series. The webinar is available to all ISBE and ECSB members (for details of becoming an ISBE member, please visit here; to become an ECSB member and join the ECSB community visit .

Sponsored by the ISBE Family Business Special Interest Group.

Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Webinar Series:
Micro-Family Businesses: Networking Dynamics and Business Survival in a Developing Context
Bamidele Wale-Oshinowo

Wednesday, 30th January 2019, 12pm – 1pm GMT

Introduced by Professor Claire Seaman, Joint Chair, ISBE Family Business Special Interest Group

The webinar will begin with an initial review of the networking activities of micro-family businesses clustered in notable marketplaces in Lagos, Nigeria. Lagos is one of the fastest growing megacities in Africa and is the commercial hub of Nigeria. This is to suggest that over 70% of all commercial activities in Nigeria take place in Lagos.

The general argument in the literature is that the structure and scope of the social network resources of small businesses has a strong influence on their business performance (Aldrich & Zimmer, 1996; Chell & Baines, 2000; Anderson, Jack & Dodd, 2005). While much has been done applying the rich yet still divergent theoretical views and methodological approaches on social network research in developed economies such as Europe, North America, Australia and emerging economies in Asia and South America as research locations; there is a dearth of literature on the African Continent. This is an attempt to create a discourse on how micro-enterprises owned by business families harness and deploy the network resources embedded in their unique social and kinship structures.

This study drew its findings from a quantitative data of 120 and qualitative data of 30 micro-family businesses respectively. One of the significant findings is the use of communal resources by these micro-family businesses in accessing a wide range of network resources. Bamidele’s initial discussion will be centred on defining Family Businesses within the African context with a clear delineation of kinship ties and other factors such as key dimensions shaping traditional family practices and values in Nigeria.

Thereafter, the dependence of the linkage between networks (informal and formal) and business growth on ‘communal resource embeddedness’ will be explored in detail. Lastly, it is important to mention that at this stage, the discussion would be to show ‘how’ and ‘the extent’ to which this is so.

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The webinar will start at 12pm GMT. Duration is one hour. You may change this to fit your own time zone by clicking the location link in the registration link.

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About the presenter
Bamidele Wale-Oshinowo is a lecturer at the Department of Business Administration, University of Lagos. Her broad teaching and research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship and strategic management. More specifically, she focuses on the following core research areas: firm culture, strategic orientations and performance indices of micro-small-to-medium scale enterprises (MSMEs) and family businesses in developing economies. Her 2016 research proposal to European Academy of Management (EURAM) won her a position as a co-proponent in the Family Business Track at the 2017 Annual EURAM Conference held in the United Kingdom. Bamidele was one of the key Discussants at the 12th Annual Global Business Symposium held at University of Cork, Ireland in 2017. She is a certified professional trainer with Centre for Management Development (CMD) and certified lecturer for Enterprise Systems Education for Africa (ESEFA) in SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (SAP-ERP). She also served as one of the judges at the recently concluded 2018/2019 Nigerian Risks Award.
Bamidele is the Track Lead for Family Business & Gender Entrepreneurship at the ARUA Centre of Excellence for Unemployment & Skills Development, AEDUP, University of Lagos.

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