Why Can’t a Family Business Be More Like a Nonfamily Business? Modes of Professionalization in Family FirmsFamily Business Review
Format of Original29 p.
Original Item IDDOI: 10.1177/0894486511421665
AbstractThe authors survey arguments that family firms should behave more like nonfamily firms and “professionalize.” Despite the apparent advantages of this transition, many family firms fail to do so or do so only partially. The authors reflect on why this might be so, and the range of possible modes of professionalization. They derive six ideal types: (a) minimally professional family firms; (b) wealth dispensing, private family firms; (c) entrepreneurially operated family firms; (d) entrepreneurial family business groups; (e) pseudoprofessional, public family firms; and (f) hybrid professional family firms. The authors conclude with suggestions for further research that is attentive to such variation.
Citation InformationAlex Stewart and Michael A Hitt. "Why Can’t a Family Business Be More Like a Nonfamily Business? Modes of Professionalization in Family Firms" Family Business Review (2012) ISSN: 0894-4865
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