This paper compares three case studies of family businesses in the rural tourism and hospitality sectors in Canada, Sweden, and Australia. Goals for start-up, development, and ultimate disposition of the businesses are examined through cross-case analysis within the theoretical framework of the business and family life-cycle. Analysis reveals remarkable similarities reflecting the prominence of lifestyle considerations, location preferences, and uncertainty over disposition of the businesses. This paper assesses goals revealed through these cases and pertinent literature from the tourism and hospitality sectors in the context of three stages in family business evolution. It also draws research and management implications.
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Professor in the Department of Business Administration at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Professor of Tourism and Hospitality at Curtin University, Australia.
Professor for the Faculty of Management at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
June 1, 2002