Families divided : culture and control in small family business

Ainsworth, Susan and Wolfram Cox, Julie 2003, Families divided : culture and control in small family business, Organization studies, vol. 24, no. 9, pp. 1463-1484, doi: 10.1177/0170840603249004.

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Title Families divided : culture and control in small family business
Author(s) Ainsworth, Susan
Wolfram Cox, Julie
Journal name Organization studies
Volume number 24
Issue number 9
Start page 1463
End page 1484
Publisher Sage
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2003-11
ISSN 0170-8406
Keyword(s) family
organizational culture
small business
Summary In this article, we explore the dynamics of control, compliance and resistance using two case studies where ‘family’ has symbolic, material and ideological significance. While the ‘family’ metaphor is often invoked to suggest a normative unity and integration in large organizations, we investigate the use of shared understandings of divisions (Parker 1995) and difference, as well as unity and similarity, in constituting organizational culture in two small family-owned firms. Diverging from mainstream family business research, we adopt a critical and interpretative approach that incorporates employee perspectives and explores how forms of control and resistance need to be understood in relation to their local contexts. We also argue that organization studies could benefit from revisiting progressive assumptions that equate developments in forms of organization with forms of organizational control.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0170840603249004
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, SAGE Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30006562

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