The tetralemma of the business family: A systemic approach to business-family dilemmas in research and practice
Publication typeJournal article with impact factor
JournalJournal of Organizational Change Management
Publication Begin page433
Publication End page446
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AbstractPurpose This conceptual article aims to contribute to the design of a theory of family-influenced firms by a framework for the management of business-family dilemmas. Design/methodology/approach It combines systemic principles with the tetralemma, a tool from ancient Indian logic that families and businesses can use to manage and reframe dilemmas without dissolving the dilemmatic tensions or blurring their boundaries. Findings In applying the tetralemma, the article offers a range of suggestions, such as observing business and family as two discrete, yet codependent, social systems and envisioning conceptual and methodological imports from codependency research and therapy into family business research and practice. Originality/value The article proposes a framework for the selective and flexible navigation of family-business tensions without dissolving them or blurring their boundaries.
KeywordBusiness Family, Family Business, Dilemmas, Tetralemma, Niklas Luhmann, Systems Theory, Socioemotional Wealth, Firms, Codependency, Familiness, Framework, Conflicts, Roots
Knowledge Domain/IndustryPeople Management & Leadership
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