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Exploring value differences across family firms: The influence of choosing and managing complexity

Stewardship is considered a distinctive feature of family firms, and it is associated with a set of values, including altruism, collectivism, trust, identification, loyalty and commitment. However, the extent to which these values actually prevail in different types of family firms has not often been explored, especially in relation to the types of complexity found in family firms. In this study, we address this gap in the literature and explore the existence of potential differences among family firms. Additionally, we investigate the possible reasons for these differences with regard to the levels of management complexity in the family firms and the processes related to such complexity, such as succession, pruning and complexity management options. We use a multiple case-study methodology involving 22 long-established family firms in northeast Spain. Based on the empirical results from our dynamic and multidimensional approach, this article primarily contributes to the existing literature by providing a conceptual model of the influence complexity has on values in family firms

The authors are grateful for the financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation ECO2010-21242-C03-02 and as a part of the aid program for the Formation of University Researchers (FPU), and from the Autonomous Government of Catalonia 2009 SGR 577. Previous versions of this paper were presented at the 6th Workshop on Family Firms Management Research held in Barcelona (Spain) and the 10th Annual World Family Business Research Conference in Lancaster (UK)

© Journal of Family Business Strategy, 2012, vol. 3, núm. 3, p. 132-146

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Author: Simon i Villar, Alexandra
Marquès i Gou, Pilar
Bikfalvi, Andrea
Muñoz Soler, M. Dolors
Date: 2012
Abstract: Stewardship is considered a distinctive feature of family firms, and it is associated with a set of values, including altruism, collectivism, trust, identification, loyalty and commitment. However, the extent to which these values actually prevail in different types of family firms has not often been explored, especially in relation to the types of complexity found in family firms. In this study, we address this gap in the literature and explore the existence of potential differences among family firms. Additionally, we investigate the possible reasons for these differences with regard to the levels of management complexity in the family firms and the processes related to such complexity, such as succession, pruning and complexity management options. We use a multiple case-study methodology involving 22 long-established family firms in northeast Spain. Based on the empirical results from our dynamic and multidimensional approach, this article primarily contributes to the existing literature by providing a conceptual model of the influence complexity has on values in family firms
The authors are grateful for the financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation ECO2010-21242-C03-02 and as a part of the aid program for the Formation of University Researchers (FPU), and from the Autonomous Government of Catalonia 2009 SGR 577. Previous versions of this paper were presented at the 6th Workshop on Family Firms Management Research held in Barcelona (Spain) and the 10th Annual World Family Business Research Conference in Lancaster (UK)
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ISSN: 1877-8585
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/10256/12306
Language: eng
Publisher: Elsevier
Collection: MICINN/PN 2011-2014/ECO2010-21242-C03-02
Reproducció digital del document publicat a: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfbs.2012.05.003
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Is part of: © Journal of Family Business Strategy, 2012, vol. 3, núm. 3, p. 132-146
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Subject: Empreses familiars
Family-owned business enterprises
Empreses -- Direcció i administració
Industrial management
Title: Exploring value differences across family firms: The influence of choosing and managing complexity
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