Exploring the role of Ba in family business context

Malin Brännback, Alan Carsrud, William D. Schulte

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Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to analyze the family business succession process using Nonaka's theory of knowledge creation and conceptualisation of a knowledge-creating place, Ba to enhance one's understanding of critical managerial challenges in family business succession. Design/methodology/approach - Based on literature review, Nonaka's theory of knowledge creation and knowledge-creating space is applied to the family business succession process. Findings - Through literature review and synthesis there of the paper concludes that Nonaka's theory of knowledge creation is a highly valid framework for analyzing and supporting the family business succession process. The paper proposes that Ba is a perception of a place - the family firm - and a shared purpose among family members in that firm. It is posited that the absence of Ba can be a significant barrier to a family firm adopting a successful succession process. Creating a Ba is essential for family firms to survive. Research limitations/implications - Only propositions are presented, but they serve as valid research questions for future research. Originality/value - Previous research of knowledge management processes and applications in family business context is scarce. Moreover, research on succession in family firms has not been considered as a knowledge creating and sharing process. This paper applies a valid and widely used model to the context of family firms and adopts the view that a succession process in essence is a knowledge creating and sharing process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-117
Number of pages14
JournalVINE
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Family firms
  • Knowledge management
  • Ba
  • Entrepreneurship

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