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A theoretical model of strategic management of family firms. A dynamic capabilities approach

Ismael Barros, Juan Hernangómez and Martin-Cruz, Natalia

Journal of Family Business Strategy, 2016, vol. 7, issue 3, 149-159

Abstract: A key issue of family firms’ strategic management is to determine the factors that are specific to family firms. Despite theoretical and empirical progress in understanding the mechanisms behind strategic decision making in family firms, there is still no strategic management theory for family firms. To address this gap, we adapt the dynamic capabilities approach to family firms by developing a theoretical model that attempts to serve as a framework for helping family firms in the strategic decision making process. The model is based on the concept of familiness and family learning mechanisms (knowledge accumulation, integration, codification and socioemotional wealth preservation) suggesting that the interplay of the two impacts on the efficient strategic management of family firms. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Keywords: Family firm; Dynamic capabilities; Familiness; Involvement approach; Essence approach; Strategic management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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