Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Publisher’s Version

Publication Date

7-2013

Abstract

In this study, we explore the possibility of reproducing family business characteristics in the professional context of a non-family organization and analyze the behavioral manifestations of this application. Drawing upon discussions in the family therapy, organizational behavior and family business literatures, we identify cohesion and flexibility as the two primary dimensions of the family metaphor. We build on illustrative cases of three sports teams to explore these dimensions in a non-family business setting. Our exploratory analysis of these cases reveals the existence of family features and extends our understanding of these features beyond family businesses.

Keywords

family features, family metaphor, non-family firms, pseudo-family, sports teams

Discipline

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations | Strategic Management Policy

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation

Publication

Entrepreneurship Research Journal

Volume

3

Issue

3

First Page

391

Last Page

424

ISSN

2157-5665

Identifier

10.1515/erj-2012-0018

Publisher

De Gruyter

Embargo Period

7-1-2014

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1515/erj-2012-0018

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