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Non solus: Toward a psychology of family business

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  • Pieper, Torsten M.
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    This article presents a psychological theory of family business, its conceptual base and its implications. First, it argues that family business research requires a broader theoretical base than is currently used. Second, it argues that a psychological approach is beneficial to understanding family business. Third, it argues that insights gained from family business might inform and advance psychology and mainstream management literatures. Fourth, it uses a selected variety of concepts from individual and social psychology and explains how these concepts can be applied in family business research. Finally, it provides examples for research opportunities and research questions based on these observations.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Family Business Strategy.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 26-39

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    Keywords: Family business Psychology Social psychology Agency theory Literature review;

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