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Critical pedagogy theory and the family business
Department of Management and Leadership at Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Theoretical perspectives on family businesses / [ed] Mattias Nordqvist, Leif Melin, Matthias Waldkirch and Gershon Kumeto, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, p. 211-232Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In contemporary times family business research has been dominated by three theoretical perspectives; principal-agent theory, stewardship theory, and resource-based view theory (Siebels 2012) but at the same time scholars argue that what still needs further attention is how underlying processes and phenomena can be explained (Melin, Nordqvist & Sharma  2014). In order to understand themes such as repression or relations of asymmetry the suggestion in this chapter is to move towards a critical stance of thinking which involves problematizing the obvious issues in family firms (Alvesson & Deetz 2000) and moreover allowing the critical perspective to destabilize assumptions made within earlier research (Freire, 1974). By discussing critical theory in general but foremost the Freirean  (1970, 1974) critical pedagogy specifically, the arguments in the chapter revolves around how critical pedagogy can open up for a more novel view on family business. The purpose is via critical pedagogy discuss family business from a limited situation perspective, and to argue for a Freirean (1970) dialogue as means of developing a critical consciousness for family members in the family business context. The chapter concludes with some recommendations on platforms or common grounds in which dialogue and raising of consciousness can occur in which the concept can open up possibilities for interesting learning transfer and bring multidimensional knowledge into the family firm.

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Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015. p. 211-232
Keywords [en]
Family business, Critical theory, Freire, Critical pedagogy, Conscientização, Critical consciousness, Dialogue, Limited situations, Untested possibilities, Triple hermeneutics
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34247DOI: 10.4337/9781783479665.00019ISBN: 9781783479658 (print)ISBN: 9781783479665 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-34247DiVA, id: diva2:1054941
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