Effective knowledge transfer in family firms
AbstractOne of the most critical organizational changes family businesses deal with at some stage in their lives is the succession process. When evaluating it, two main targets are sought: quality and effectiveness. To meet these quality-effectiveness standards three elements should be transferred from the predecessor to the Next Generation Member(s): 1) Ownership/power, 2) Management responsibility and 3) Competence/Knowledge. We focus on the third element: Knowledge, since most of the times, it is "the taken-for-granted" factor. How effective intergenerational knowledge transfer in family firms takes place -under which conditions and through which variables- is the heart of this writing. We have developed a Knowledge Transfer Model in Family Firms (KTFF) which sets on stage several internal and external relationships in the Family-Enterprise-Next Generation System. And, although this is a conceptual text, it may drive future empirical research projects in order to provide support for the proposed interactions (relationships).
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by IESE Business School in its series IESE Research Papers with number D/865.
Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jul 2010
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Knowledge Transfer; Learning; Knowledge Acquisition; Family Firms; Family Business; Next Generation; Succession;
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