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A founder's heritage: the development of organizational identity
University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future. (Strategic Entrepreneurship)
University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future. (Strategic Entrepreneurship)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8337-3472
2018 (English)In: Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, ISSN 0827-6331, E-ISSN 2169-2610Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to understand how a former family firm strategically makes use of the founder's legacy to preserve its organizational identity. Following a single case study approach, it draws on rich empirical material from semi-structured interviews and extensive archival data. We show how central organizational activities are affected by a founder's heritage long after the formal exit has taken place, illustrating the central, enduring, and distinctive elements of organizational identity a founder has. Regardless of ownership forms, the family company founder's legacy is used to legitimize new owners and maintain the organization's identity. However, centripetal moves complicate the preservation of the organizational identity, whereas a high focus on value leveraging in another ownership form opens up for centrifugal approaches which strengthen the entrepreneurial dimension of organizational identity.

Abstract [fr]

L'objectif de cet article est de contribuer à l’élargissement des connaissances sur la manière dont une ancienne entreprise familiale utilize stratégiquement l'héritage du fondateur pour préserver son identité organisationnelle. En analysant une étude de cas, il utilize une riche matière empirique issue d'entretiens semi-structurés et d'un grand nombre de données d'archives. Nous montrons comment des activités organisationnelles centrales sont influencées par l'héritage du fondateur, longtemps après le départ formel de celui-ci, et ainsi, soulignons les caractéristiques centrales, persistantes et particulières de l'identité organisationnelle que possède le fondateur d'une entreprise familiale. Indépendamment des différents types de possession, l'héritage du fondateur d'une entreprise familiale est utilisé pour légitimer les nouveaux propriétaires et conserver l'identité de l'organisation. Cependant, les mouvements centripètes compliquent la conservation de l'identité organisationnelle, bien qu'un focus important sur la valeur, mettant à profit une autre forme de propriété, s'ouvre à des approches centrifuges qui renforcent la dimension entrepreneuriale de l'identité organisationnelle.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
entrepreneurial founder heritage, organizational identity, case study, Sweden
Keywords [fr]
héritage entrepreneurial du fondateur, identité organisationnelle, étude de cas, Suède
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Business Administration
Research subject
Strategic Entrepreneurship
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-15144DOI: 10.1080/08276331.2018.1466849OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-15144DiVA, id: diva2:1205155
Available from: 2018-05-11 Created: 2018-05-11 Last updated: 2018-05-14Bibliographically approved

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