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Culture and values in family business—A review and suggestions for future research


  • Fletcher, Denise
  • Melin, Leif
  • Gimeno, Alberto


This article provides a review of key literature in the field of culture, values and family business by addressing three key questions. First, what is culture in a family business context and how can it be defined and conceptualized? Second, what can culture do for the family business? And third, which factors or attributes shape culture in family business? The article presents several suggestions for future research and previews the four articles included in the special issue on culture and values in family businesses.

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  • Fletcher, Denise & Melin, Leif & Gimeno, Alberto, 2012. "Culture and values in family business—A review and suggestions for future research," Journal of Family Business Strategy, Elsevier, vol. 3(3), pages 127-131.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:fambus:v:3:y:2012:i:3:p:127-131 DOI: 10.1016/j.jfbs.2012.06.001

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    1. Athanassiou, Nicholas & Crittenden, William F. & Kelly, Louise M. & Marquez, Pedro, 2002. "Founder centrality effects on the Mexican family firm's top management group: firm culture, strategic vision and goals, and firm performance," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 37(2), pages 139-150, July.
    2. Manuel Vallejo, 2008. "Is the Culture of Family Firms Really Different? A Value-based Model for Its Survival through Generations," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 81(2), pages 261-279, August.
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    1. Hossein Samei & Alireza Feyzbakhsh, 2015. "A Framework of Successor Competencies to Promote Corporate Entrepreneurship in Family Firms," Journal of Enterprising Culture (JEC), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 23(03), pages 321-355, September.
    2. Craig, Justin B. & Dibrell, Clay & Garrett, Robert, 2014. "Examining relationships among family influence, family culture, flexible planning systems, innovativeness and firm performance," Journal of Family Business Strategy, Elsevier, vol. 5(3), pages 229-238.
    3. repec:eee:fambus:v:8:y:2017:i:2:p:87-98 is not listed on IDEAS

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