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Strategy Formation In The Family Business: The Role Of Storytelling




This paper takes an interest in the past, as depicted by family business owners, and how it is reflected in the governance of the firm. The purpose of this paper is to explore how family business owners express and perceive their family business story and the implications for the strategy formation of the firm. Through the storytelling from 20 cases, we conclude that they embrace their past through different degrees of adoption and their promotion or prevention focus. We construct four typologies: strategy formation through reinforcement, renewal, remembrance and rhetoric. The implications of storytelling and these typologies are discussed.

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  • Brundin, Ethel & Kjellander, Björn, 2010. "Strategy Formation In The Family Business: The Role Of Storytelling," JIBS Working Papers 2010-1, Jönköping International Business School.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhb:hjacfi:2010_001

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