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.
family features, family metaphor, non-family firms, pseudo-family, sports teams
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations | Strategic Management Policy
Strategy and Organisation
Entrepreneurship Research Journal
Michael-Tsabari, Nava and Tan, Wee Liang.
Exploring Family Features in Non-Family Organizations: The Family Metaphor and its Behavioral Manifestations. (2013). Entrepreneurship Research Journal. 3, (3), 391-424. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/lkcsb_research/3515