The study of organizational behaviour in family business

Marylene Gagné, P. Sharma, A. De Massis

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Family businesses (FBs)-enterprises that are significantly influenced by family members and kinship ties-are ubiquitous and play a crucial role across all world economies. Because of the embeddedness of family and business systems in FB, these organizational forms are theoretically distinct from their non-family counterparts. Curiously, FBs have been largely overlooked in the organizational behaviour (OB) literature. The limited available research at the interface of OB and FB highlights the importance of FB as a unique context to advance OB theories, and of OB as a promising discipline to increase our understanding of FB. In a selective review of literature focused on the four topics of values and goals, leadership and power, trust and justice, and conflict, we discuss how insights from the general theory of communal and exchange relationships open exciting avenues for research at the FB-OB interface. Rich fruits of intellectual harvest await scholars who focus on behavioural research in FB. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-656
JournalEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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