A 10-year longitudinal investigation of strategy, systems, and environment on innovation in family firms

Justin Craig, Gavin Cassar, Kenneth Moores

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Abstract

This article studies innovation in family firms, filling in some gaps in existent literature. The research addresses the idea of shifting leadership, different mechanisms of facilitating communication, and the importance to the firm of technical progress, linking each to innovation. Shifting leadership is addressed through the longitudinal design. Communication mechanisms are monitored through two constructs: scope of information and timeliness of information.Technical progress is included in an environmental uncertainty factor techno economic uncertainty. The findings suggest that linkages between established family firms and innovation may be substantially stronger than currently assumed by many.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding family enterprise
Subtitle of host publicationA book of readings
EditorsK. Moores, J. B. Craig
Place of PublicationRobina
PublisherBond University Press
Pages264-275
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780980618747
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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