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

Cunningham, James; Seaman, Claire; McGuire, David

Authors

James Cunningham

Claire Seaman

David McGuire



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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 30, 2017
Journal Family business review
Print ISSN 0894-4865
Electronic ISSN 1741-6248
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 2
Pages 160-181
Institution Citation CUNNINGHAM, J., SEAMAN, C. and MCGUIRE, D. 2017. Perceptions of knowledge sharing among small family firm leaders: a structural equation model. Family business review [online], 30(2), pages 160-181. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/0894486516682667
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0894486516682667
Keywords Family firm leadership; Knowledge sharing; Path goal; Factor analysis; Family influence

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