The Impact of Storytelling on Innovation: a Multi Case Study

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract The founder’s values and beliefs are often determinant for family business’ later organizational path and as such affect the organization’s level of innovation. Building on recent research that has identified storytelling as an important means to imprint the founder’s values and beliefs, we apply a multi-case research design to investigate how different foci of those stories affect a family firm’s level of innovation. We suggest that founder-centered stories entail a focus on decisions that match with the founder’s values, hierarchical decision-making, and destructive conflicts, which ultimately lead to low levels of innovation. To the contrary, family-centered stories free family members in their decision-making and entail a collaborative decision-making characterized by low levels of conflicts. As a result, those firms have higher levels of innovation as compared to firms with founder-centered stories. We summarize our findings in a model of path creation in family firms.
Authors Kammerlander, Nadine; Dessi, Cinzia; Bird, Miriam & Floris, Michela
Projects Kammerlander, Nadine (2014) Innovative firm behavior - understanding the role of family influence [fundamental research project]
Journal or Publication Title Academy of Management Proceedings
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date January 2015
Publisher Academy of Management
Place of Publication Briarcliff Manor, NY
Number 1
Page Range 1-6
Number of Pages 6
ISSN 0065-0668
ISSN-Digital 2151-6561
Publisher DOI
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Nadine Kammerlander
Date Deposited 26 Mar 2015 14:12
Last Modified 02 Feb 2023 01:23


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Kammerlander, Nadine; Dessi, Cinzia; Bird, Miriam & Floris, Michela (2015) The Impact of Storytelling on Innovation: a Multi Case Study. Academy of Management Proceedings, (1). 1-6. ISSN 0065-0668

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