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How can family winegrowing businesses be sustained across generations?

Paul J. Woodfield (Department of Management, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand and Department of Management and International Business, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)
Deborah Shepherd (Department of Management and International Business, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)
Christine Woods (Department of Management and International Business, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)

International Journal of Wine Business Research

ISSN: 1751-1062

Article publication date: 19 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate how family winegrowing businesses can be sustained across generations.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors engaged a multi-level case study approach. In total, 27 semi-structured interviews were conducted with three winegrowing firms in New Zealand. All family members (both senior and next generation) employed in each business were interviewed alongside non-family employees.

Findings

Three key dimensions – knowledge sharing, entrepreneurial characteristics and leadership attributes – were identified that can support successful successions in family winegrowing businesses.

Originality/value

The authors have generated a theory that enables academicians and practitioners to understand how family winegrowing businesses can be successfully sustained across generations. The authors argue that knowledge is a central feature in family firms where previous research combines knowledge with entrepreneurial orientation or the resources and capabilities of a firm.

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Citation

Woodfield, P.J., Shepherd, D. and Woods, C. (2017), "How can family winegrowing businesses be sustained across generations?", International Journal of Wine Business Research, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 122-139. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWBR-12-2015-0052

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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