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“Who am I? Who are we?”: Understanding the impact of family business identity on the development of individual and family identity in business families
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO). Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Zwolle, Netherlands.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7962-6211
2019 (English)In: The Journal of Family Business Strategy, ISSN 1877-8585, E-ISSN 1877-8593, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 38-48Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Family firms incorporate two identities, namely the identity of the firm and the identity of the family. Previous literature assumes that the owning family influences the identity of the firm by transferring the values and beliefs of the owners to the firm. However, identity theory suggests that identity formation is a dynamic process, based on iterations with the environment and interpretations of the past identity. In family firms this means that identity of the family can also be influenced by the firm. In this longitudinal study of a multi-generational family firm, we draw from identity literature to explore how the interplay between the business and the family identity can take place in a family firm. Our observations suggest that the identity of the firm can influence identity processes on various levels and that this is not necessarily beneficial for the family. Our study thus contributes to the understanding of identity issues in family firms. 

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Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 10, no 1, p. 38-48
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Business family, Case study, Family firms, Identity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43338DOI: 10.1016/j.jfbs.2019.01.006ISI: 000469307100006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85062084651Local ID: ;IHHCeFEOISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-43338DiVA, id: diva2:1296007
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Special Issue: "From Family Identity to Family Firm Image and Reputation: Exploring Facets of the Perception of Family Influence in Branding, Marketing, and Other Messaging"

Available from: 2019-03-13 Created: 2019-03-13 Last updated: 2019-06-14Bibliographically approved

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