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
Date Written: March 1, 2011
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
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