The Creation, Sharing and Transfer of Knowledge in Family Business
Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 413-433, 2008
21 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2012 Last revised: 22 Oct 2014
Date Written: 2008
This present research aims at investigating how “knowledge-related human capital” can be accumulated, i.e. created, shared and transferred, in family business over time. “Knowledge-related human capital” is viewed as pure knowledge and skill which family members have gained and developed through education and experience within and outside the organization. Two wine-producing family firms from Switzerland and a liqueur family firm from Italy are part of this research. A tentative knowledge model is presented at the end of the study. It analyses factors responsible for the accumulation process of knowledge in family business across generations.
Keywords: Family business, knowledge creation, knowledge sharing, knowledge transfer
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