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The burden of history in the family business organization

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The burden of history in the family business organization

Hjorth, Daniel and Dawson, Alexandra (2016) The burden of history in the family business organization. Organization Studies . (In Press)

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840615613375

Abstract

In this article we focus on the study of history through the use of narratives, within the context of the prevalent form of organization worldwide: the family business. Specifically we consider the dilemma of the impossible gift of succession using Nietzsche’s discussion of the burden of history and paralleling the story of a family business succession with that of Shakespeare’s King Lear. This way, we seek to make a contribution to organizational studies by answering recent calls to engage more with history in studies of business organizations. By implication, the study also initiates an integration of family business studies into organization studies.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Management
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Hjorth, Daniel and Dawson, Alexandra
Journal or Publication:Organization Studies
Date:2016
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1177/0170840615613375
ID Code:980912
Deposited By: ALEXANDRA DAWSON
Deposited On:02 Mar 2016 19:45
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:52
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