The Burden of History in the Family Business Organization

Hjorth, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-3798-2584 and Dawson, A., 2016. The Burden of History in the Family Business Organization. Organization Studies, 37 (8), pp. 1089-1111. ISSN 0170-8406

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Abstract

In this paper we focus on the study of history through the use of narratives, within the context of the prevalent form of organization worldwide: the family business. Specifically we consider the dilemma of the impossible gift of succession
using Nietzsche's discussion of the burden of history and paralleling the story of a family business succession with
that of Shakespeare's King Lear. This way, we seek to make a contribution to organizational studies by answering recent calls to engage more with history in studies of business
organizations. By implication, the study also initiates an integration of family business studies into organization studies.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Organization Studies
Creators: Hjorth, D. and Dawson, A.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 16 February 2016
Volume: 37
Number: 8
ISSN: 0170-8406
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1177/0170840615613375DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 10 Feb 2017 09:22
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:12
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30122

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