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Knowledge integration and dynamic organizational adaptation in family firms
University of Lugano (USI) - Institute of Management, Centre for Entrepreneurship & Family Firms (CEF), Lugano, Switzerland.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3742-542X
Bocconi University-Management Department, Milan, Italy.
2008 (English)In: Family Business Review, ISSN 0894-4865, E-ISSN 1741-6248, Vol. 21, no 2, 169-181 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The speed of change in competitive environments has prompted firms to develop processes directed at enabling organizational adaptation. This is captured by the concept of dynamic capabilities. We focus on a particular form of business organization, that is, the family firm. Specifically, we argue that knowledge integration—a dynamic capability through which family members' specialized knowledge is recombined—guides the evolution of capabilities. We present a general framework illustrating factors that affect knowledge integration in family firms. We conclude that only those family firms that are able to effectively integrate individual family members' specialized knowledge will be successful in dynamic markets by changing their capabilities over time.

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2008. Vol. 21, no 2, 169-181 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-17472DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6248.2008.00117.xOAI: diva2:485779
Available from: 2013-01-15 Created: 2012-01-30 Last updated: 2014-08-07Bibliographically approved

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