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The Banyan and the Birch Tree - Family Ties and Embeddedness in the Indian Film Industry in Bollywood

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Theoretical and empirical research on entrepreneurial networks is largelyoutcome-oriented and little integrated with family firm research. In this paper,we draw on social network and entrepreneurship literatures in order toinvestigate how family businesses build and make use of a variety of embeddedand arm’s-length ties. We present novel data self-collected in qualitative,inductive fieldwork from more than 50 interviews in mainstream filmproduction in Bollywood.Our findings contrast with extant research by showing that in the socio-culturalcontext of India the use of embedded ties is higher than predictions in thePage 3 / 55 Creative Encounters Working Paper #40theoretical literature and empirical findings in cross-country studies suggest.Moreover, we show that the ‘Indian’ family is an institution that dominatesembedded ties. The Banyan tree symbolizes this interconnectedness of thedifferent branches of an Indian family compared to the plain structure of a birchtree describing Hollywood, where embedded ties can be different from familialties.

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Mark Lorenzen, Florian A. Taeube

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8005

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