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Self Employment


Wed 26. 8.  14:00 - 15:30
room FA 548

Next generation family business leaders: role-models for flexible working practices or caught in traditional role-definitions?


Stamm, Isabell Kathrin (1); Hameister, Nicole (2); Bernhard, Fabian (3)
1: University of California Berkeley, United States of America; 2: Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen, Berlin, Germany; 3: INSEEC, Paris, France

Families who own and manage businesses offer an opportunity to study the coordination of everyday life and biographies under flexible working conditions and in extended families. Families in business are particularly interesting as they employ more than half of the German workforce and set important impulse for current and future work practices. With regard to the discourse on family-friendly-working policies, we analyze the actual work practices of this next generation in terms of flexible boundaries between life and work as well as the gendered division of labor at work and at home. Based on the German Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics (PAIRFAM), our analyses focus on next generation family business members. Each family business member in our sample is allocated to a similar but nonfamily-business individual using propensity score matching (N=674). Findings from comparing the two groups revealed not only a higher work load and more income, but also a higher degree of flexibility in working conditions for family business members. We did not find significant differences between both groups in their attitudes and values in regard to gender roles. Interestingly, we found gendered differences in the way family business members use their flexibility: Working in a family business setting allows mothers to combine working in the business with taking care for the family, while fathers adhere to traditional role-definitions.