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Advancing Family Business Research Through Narrative Analysis


Advancing Family Business Research Through Narrative Analysis

Dawson, Alexandra and Hjorth, Daniel (2012) Advancing Family Business Research Through Narrative Analysis. Family Business Review, 25 (3). pp. 339-355. ISSN 0894-4865

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0894486511421487


Despite advances in family business research, the field would benefit from greater methodological rigor. However, rigor does not mean convergence of methodologies. In this article, the authors adopt a novel approach, based on narrative analysis, to address the succession process in a family business. This interpretive perspective is appropriate for family business studies, which address multifaceted and complex social constructs that are performed by different actors in multiple contexts. The analysis highlights five key themes centering on leadership style and succession, trust and communication, balance between agents, history and identity, and fear of losing one’s identity and social standing through the succession process.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Management
Item Type:Article
Authors:Dawson, Alexandra and Hjorth, Daniel
Journal or Publication:Family Business Review
ID Code:974637
Deposited On:04 Sep 2012 20:19
Last Modified:07 Jul 2014 20:00
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