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Family business succession in dialogue: The case of differing backgrounds and views
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Univ New England, Sch Business, Armidale, NSW 2351, Australia.
2016 (English)In: International Small Business Journal, ISSN 0266-2426, E-ISSN 1741-2870, Vol. 34, no 4, 487-505 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although the role of communication during family business succession has been highlighted in numerous studies, communication has mostly been implicitly addressed in relation to other issues and seldom as an issue in itself. This has led to a situation where we know the importance of communication, but how it matters, and how enriching communication can be achieved, is often overlooked. In light of this, the purpose of this article is to develop a greater understanding of succession as a process taking place within emergent conversations. Based on a real-time qualitative study of an owner family’s conversations during succession and Bakhtin’s notion of the ‘utterance’, three dimensions of dialogic transformation are elaborated upon: the role of differences during conversations, the role of multi-voiced conversations, and the role of listening during conversations. When these dimensions are viewed together, they contribute to current family business research by emphasizing the need to better understand the present moment during succession conversations. We are conceptualizing the present moment as a ‘living moment’; as a reminder of the once-occurring, unique and momentary transformation that can take place between family members in such encounters. Implications for research as well as practice are elaborated upon.

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2016. Vol. 34, no 4, 487-505 p.
Keyword [en]
Bakhtin; dialogue; family business; process; qualitative methods; succession
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-238878DOI: 10.1177/0266242614567482ISI: 000377817100005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-238878DiVA: diva2:772439
Available from: 2014-12-16 Created: 2014-12-16 Last updated: 2016-07-25Bibliographically approved

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