The salience of market, bureaucratic, and clan controls in the management of family firm transitions: Some tentative Australian evidence

Ken Moores, Joseph Mula

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Abstract

Despite the numerical and economic significance of family businesses to Australia, they are not extensively researched. This paper reports some of the results from a nationwide study of Australian family-owned businesses thatsought to ascertain and understand their management and control practices. In particular, the paper assesses the organizational transitions of Australian family firms in terms of their dominant control practices. These control measures are evaluated according to Ouchi’s classification of market,bureaucratic, and clan controls. The salience of these different forms ofcontrol serves to identify distinctive patterns that define periods oforganizational passage (life cycles).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding family enterprise
Subtitle of host publicationA book of readings
EditorsK Moores, J B Craig
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherBond University Press
Pages74-93
Number of pages20
Edition1
ISBN (Print)9780980618747
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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    Moores, K., & Mula, J. (2011). The salience of market, bureaucratic, and clan controls in the management of family firm transitions: Some tentative Australian evidence. In K. Moores, & J. B. Craig (Eds.), Understanding family enterprise: A book of readings (1 ed., pp. 74-93). Bond University Press.