The Distinctiveness of Family Firm Intangibles: A Review and Suggestions for Future Research

Journal of Management & Organization, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 268-287, 2011

42 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2011

See all articles by Jolien Huybrechts

Jolien Huybrechts

KIZOK- Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation / Hasselt University

Wim Voordeckers

Hasselt University - Faculty of Business Administration

Nadine Lybaert

Hasselt University

Sigrid Vandemaele

Limburgs Universitair Centrum (LUC)

Date Written: March 1, 2011

Abstract

We review the theoretical and empirical literature on the resource-based view in the context of family businesses using a framework of intangible resources. This approach allows us to structure the present research on value-adding resources in family firms into four clearly distinct groups – organizational culture, reputation, human capital and networks – and provides us with the opportunity to examine the interactions of these intangible resources.

We use these relationships to offer a future research agenda that is focused on the creation of competitive advantage through the combination and recombination of these resources.

Keywords: family business research, resource-based view, intangibles, organizational culture, reputation, human capital, networks

JEL Classification: M21, M10, M14, M13

Suggested Citation

Huybrechts, Jolien and Voordeckers, Wim and Lybaert, Nadine and Vandemaele, Sigrid, The Distinctiveness of Family Firm Intangibles: A Review and Suggestions for Future Research (March 1, 2011). Journal of Management & Organization, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 268-287, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1780882 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1780882

Jolien Huybrechts (Contact Author)

KIZOK- Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation / Hasselt University ( email )

Agoralaan - building D
Gebouw D
Diepenbeek, 3590
Belgium

Wim Voordeckers

Hasselt University - Faculty of Business Administration ( email )

Agoralaan - building D
Gebouw D
Diepenbeek, 3590
Belgium

Nadine Lybaert

Hasselt University ( email )

Agoralaan - building D
Gebouw D
Diepenbeek, 3590
Belgium

Sigrid Vandemaele

Limburgs Universitair Centrum (LUC) ( email )

B-3590 Diepenbeek
Belgium

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