Perceptions of Knowledge Sharing Among Small Family Firm Leaders: A Structural Equation Model
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Cunningham, J., Seaman, C. & McGuire, D. (2016) Perceptions of Knowledge Sharing Among Small Family Firm Leaders: A Structural Equation Model, Family Business Review, 30 (2), pp. 160-181.
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