A Multiparadigmatic Perspective of Strategy: A Case Study of an Ethnic Family Firm
City University London - Sir John Cass Business School; Indian School of Business
Southampton Institute; Bureau of Labor Statistics
International Small Business Journal, Vol. 24, No. 5, 2006
Cass Business School Research Paper
Research into family businesses has a long history of lacking theoretical underpinnings, especially with respect to strategy. Moreover, the family of the firms in question has frequently been assumed to be Anglo-Saxon, unless the family business of an ethnic minority has been the specific subject of the research. This paper broadens the prevailing discourse by studying the strategic affinities of an ethnic family firm in the context of Whittington's (1993) framework, which proposed four approaches to the study of business strategy. The subject of this study, GOF, is a medium-sized family firm controlled by a South Asian family specialising in the wholesale distribution of ethnic foods and drinks in the United Kingdom. The management of this firm believes that its successful firm (of 35 years' standing) has never had a strategy. However, a multiparadigmatic examination of the narrative of this family business reveals that there are several ways in which to gain an understanding of business strategy in medium-sized family firms.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: Small-business, Strategy, Family Firm, Ethnicity, South Asian, Case Study, Qualitative, Strategy Paradigms
JEL Classification: M13Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 4, 2006
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