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Exploring the Concept of Familiness : Introducing Family Firm Identity

Thomas Zellweger, Kimberley H. Eddleston & Franz W. Kellermanns

abstract Our paper contributes to the overarching question: “How does the family contribute to firm success?” We add to the nomological net of the familiness construct, by reaching beyond the components of involvement and the essence approach and by introducing organizational identity as a third dimension of familiness. As such, we investigate which families are most likely to build familiness. Specifically, the organizational identity dimension of familiness reflects how the family defines and views the firm, which can facilitate performance advantages through leveraging familiness both internally and externally. Lastly, we discuss how the combinations of components of involvement, essence and identity dimensions of familiness interact and explain why and how some families are a key resource to their firms while others add little value to their organizations.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Family Firm, Organizational Identity
   
project Strategic Entrepreneurship in Family Firms
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 3-2010
journal Journal of Family Business Strategy
publisher Elsevier (Amsterdam)
ISSN 1877-8585
ISSN (online) 1877-8593
DOI 10.1016/j.jfbs.2009.12.003
volume of journal 1
number of issue 1
page(s) 54-63
review double-blind review
   
citation Zellweger, T., Eddleston, K. H., & Kellermanns, F. W. (2010). Exploring the Concept of Familiness: Introducing Family Firm Identity. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 1(1), 54-63, DOI:10.1016/j.jfbs.2009.12.003.