Perceptions of knowledge sharing among small family firm leaders: a structural equation model

James Cunningham*, Claire Seaman, David McGuire

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)160-181
    Number of pages22
    JournalFamily Business Review
    Volume30
    Issue number2
    Early online date28 Dec 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

    Keywords

    • knowledge sharing
    • family firms
    • leadership

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