Quotation Frank, Hermann, Lueger, Manfred, Nose, Lavinia, Suchy, Daniela. 2010. The concept of "Familiness". Literature review and systems theory-based reflections. Journal of Family Business Strategy 1 (3): 119-130.




Familiness is one of the central concepts of family business research. Nevertheless there has been little research explicitly dedicated to familiness. The literature analyzed reveals four research strands that all have very different approaches. Based on systems theory, which interprets social systems (such as families or enterprises) as autopoietically closed meaning systems, consisting of communication and decisions, familiness is discussed. Familiness is the specific result of the structural coupling of family and enterprise, which can bring forth a particular identity as a family business that has grown historically and incorporates different content relations such as particular abilities to innovate. Familiness shows both manifest and latent characteristics and thus requires specific methods of diagnosis. Objective hermeneutics fulfils these requirements. A case-based research strategy seems to be a suitable approach for developing typologies of familiness.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Family Business Strategy
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-C
Language English
Title The concept of "Familiness". Literature review and systems theory-based reflections
Volume 1
Number 3
Year 2010
Page from 119
Page to 130


Frank, Hermann (Details)
Lueger, Manfred (Details)
Nose, Lavinia (Former researcher)
Suchy, Daniela (Former researcher)
Institute for Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship IN (Details)
Institute for Sociology and Social Research IN (Details)
Research Institute for Family Business FI (Details)
Competence Center for Empirical Research Methods WE (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5400 Sociology (Details)
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