Small family firms have many unique relational qualities with implications for how knowledge is passed between individuals. Extant literature posits leadership approach as important in explaining differences in knowledge-sharing climate from one firm to another. This study investigates how leadership approaches interact with family influence to inform perceptions of knowledge sharing. We utilize survey data (n = 110) from owner-managers of knowledge-intensive small family firms in Scotland. Our findings present a choice in leadership intention, contrasting organization-focused participation against family-influenced guidance. Insight is offered on the implications of this leadership choice at both organizational and familial levels.
- knowledge sharing
- family firms
Cunningham, J., Seaman, C., & McGuire, D. (2017). Perceptions of knowledge sharing among small family firm leaders: a structural equation model. Family Business Review, 30(2), 160-181. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894486516682667