Knowledge Accumulation in Family Firms: Evidence from Four Case Studies

International Small Business Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 433-462, 2008

31 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2012

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Francesco Chirico

Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School; Jonkoping University - Jonkoping International Business School (JIBS)

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

The aim of this article is to make a contribution to the understanding of how knowledge can be accumulated in family business. Four family firms from Switzerland and Italy are part of this research. Existing literature combined with the case studies analysed lead to the development of a model that outlines factors responsible for knowledge accumulation viewed as an `enabler of longevity' in family business.The relationships depicted in the model can be read by researchers as hypotheses and suggestions for further research, and by managers as possible factors needed to accumulate knowledge in order to be successful across generations

Keywords: family business, knowledge creation, knowledge transfer, knowledge sharing, education, experience, knowledge accumulation

Suggested Citation

Chirico, Francesco, Knowledge Accumulation in Family Firms: Evidence from Four Case Studies (2008). International Small Business Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 433-462, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2177300

Francesco Chirico (Contact Author)

Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School ( email )

New South Wales 2109
Australia

Jonkoping University - Jonkoping International Business School (JIBS) ( email )

Jönköping, 55111
Sweden

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