Understanding Hybrid-Identity Organizations: The Case of Publicly Listed Family Businesses

Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 15)


Family businesses are characterized by the combination of two institutions – the family and the business – that are traditionally assumed to be based on different identities (Tagiuri and Davis 1996; Ward 1987). Based on this fundamental feature of family businesses, we develop the idea of the family business as a hybrid-identity organization (Arregle et al. 2007; Foreman and Whetten 2002). Borys and Jemison (1989) define hybrids as “…organizational arrangements that use resources and/or governance structures from more than one existing organization” (p. 235), and Albert and Whetten (1985) define hybrid-identity organizations as “…an organization whose identity is composed of two or more types that would not normally be expected to go together” (p. 95).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization, Leadership (ESOL), Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO)Jönköping International Business SchoolJönköpingSweden
  2. 2.Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization, Leadership (ESOL), Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO)Jönköping International Business SchoolJönköpingSweden

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