Small Business Economics

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 47–64 | Cite as

A model to study the organizational culture of the family firm



The results of research of the utilitarian type on the culture of the family firm is reported here. A model is built and defined on the basis of the main arguments supporting the following theories: general systems theory, neoinstitutional theory, transformational leadership theory, field theory, learning theory, and group dynamics theory. The resulting model is an instrument that can be used to deepen our understanding of the organizational culture of this type of firm. It should prove to be a powerful tool to exploit the competitive potential of this culture, which has often been noted in the literature.


Family firm Group dynamics Learning theory Neoinstitutionalism Organizational culture Transformational leadership Values 

JEL Classifications

D21 D23 L26 


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  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y JuridicasUniversity of Jaén (Spain)JaénSpain

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