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Knowledge sharing in small family firms: a leadership perspective.
  Knowledge sharing is considered critical in the development of a knowledge resource to contribute to the strategic development of the firm. However, how this key organisational activity takes place in small family firms is unknown, as much of the surrounding literature focused on large, nonfamily-oriented firms. This mixed-methods paper investigates the nature of knowledge sharing in small family firms, and explores the role of the influence of family in knowledge resource development. Quantitative findings (n=110) acknowledge heterogeneity of approach in small family firms and discover two distinct ways in which knowledge sharing activities take place; while qualitative data (n=26) uncovers what this means for individual knowledge sharing motivation within the firm. Contributions are here made to both family business and knowledge sharing literature, with implications for the way in which small family firms view the development of their knowledge resource.

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    18 November 2015

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    HD28 Management. Industrial Management

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    658 General management


Cunningham, J., Seaman, C., & McGuire, D. (2016). Knowledge sharing in small family firms: a leadership perspective. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 7(1), 34-46.



Family firms; Knowledge sharing; Path-goal theory; Mixed-methods; Factor analysis;

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