The paper aims to develop a model of knowledge transfer that considers kinship ties and emotions in family‐based firms.
There exist several models, which show how information flows among individuals and within organizations. One school of thought is known as Cultural‐Historical Activity Theory (CHAT), which was initially formulated by Lev Vygotsky, the Founder of the school. However, when analyzing CHAT within the family business context, the model no longer holds true. This paper examines knowledge‐transfer mechanisms through the lens of family firms.
Family traditions, ties, and emotions, which are not considered in the original learning framework, affect knowledge transfer, commitment, and the motivation of family members.
Based on CHAT and subsequently on other social networks theories, a more appropriate next generation learning model is developed which explains how intergenerational knowledge transfer takes place within family firms.
This paper improves the understanding of how family members' shared knowledge (i.e. traditions) may become sources of competitive advantages for the family firm (i.e. long‐term survival).
This paper is among the first known to examine knowledge‐transfer mechanisms specifically for family‐based businesses.
Nelly Trevinyo‐Rodríguez, R. and Bontis, N. (2010), "Family ties and emotions: a missing piece in the knowledge transfer puzzle", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 17 No. 3, pp. 418-436. https://doi.org/10.1108/14626001011068716Download as .RIS
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