Intersecting Bonds: A Perspective on Polygamy's Influence in Arab Middle East Family Firm Succession

Moustafa Haj Youssef*, Jay Wasim, Ioannis Christodoulou, Robert Reinhardt

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The aim of this study is to explore and elucidate the influence of polygamy on the succession dynamics of family businesses in the Arab world, offering insights that may be underrepresented or overlooked in traditional, Western-focused literature.

This article adopts a perspective-based approach, focusing on delving into the amalgamation of polygamous family structures and their implications on the operation and continuation of family-run businesses.

Polygamy, while often primarily perceived as a cultural or religious tradition, wields substantial influence over various business facets. Notably, its presence can significantly shape business continuity, the methodologies behind succession planning and the overarching framework of corporate governance within Arab family businesses.

This article offers a unique Middle Eastern lens, highlighting the underexplored intersection of polygamy and business succession. It strives to bridge the knowledge gap by addressing topics potentially sidelined in mainstream Western business research.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Family Business Management
Early online date4 Jan 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jan 2024


  • Arab world
  • Emerging market
  • Family business
  • Middle East
  • Perspective
  • Polygamy
  • Succession

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Strategy and Management


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