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Evolutionary Psychology and Family Business: A New Synthesis for Theory, Research, and Practice

Evolutionary Psychology and Family Business: A New Synthesis for Theory, Research, and Practice The article seeks to show that the ideas of evolutionary psychology have not only a unique contribution to make to the study of family business but have an overarching capacity to integrate theory, resolve empirical debates, and lead research in new directions. The article considers, first, what is different about family firms before outlining the Darwinian framework and its implications, and then moves on to an analysis of kinship dynamics as central to understanding the roots of cooperation and conflict in the family firm. The article concludes with a discussion of the scope for theoretical synthesis, practical implications, and the position this analysis leads us to about the unique performance potential and liabilities of the family firm. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Family Business Review SAGE

Evolutionary Psychology and Family Business: A New Synthesis for Theory, Research, and Practice

Family Business Review , Volume 21 (1): 16 – Mar 1, 2008

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
Copyright © by SAGE Publications
ISSN
0894-4865
eISSN
1741-6248
DOI
10.1111/j.1741-6248.2007.00111.x
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Abstract

The article seeks to show that the ideas of evolutionary psychology have not only a unique contribution to make to the study of family business but have an overarching capacity to integrate theory, resolve empirical debates, and lead research in new directions. The article considers, first, what is different about family firms before outlining the Darwinian framework and its implications, and then moves on to an analysis of kinship dynamics as central to understanding the roots of cooperation and conflict in the family firm. The article concludes with a discussion of the scope for theoretical synthesis, practical implications, and the position this analysis leads us to about the unique performance potential and liabilities of the family firm.

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Family Business ReviewSAGE

Published: Mar 1, 2008

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