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Organizational and Socio-Relational Factors Undermining Knowledge Sharing in Family SMEs: An Empirical Investigation in the Italian Context

Organizational and Socio-Relational Factors Undermining Knowledge Sharing in Family SMEs: An Empirical Investigation in the Italian Context
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Author(s): Filippo Ferrari (University of Bologna, Italy)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 20
Source title: Handbook of Research on the Strategic Management of Family Businesses
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jesús Manuel Palma-Ruiz (Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Mexico), Ismael Barros-Contreras (Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile) and Luca Gnan (University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2269-1.ch003

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Abstract

This chapter investigates if and how the knowledge sharing process between the generations involved in business succession is actually accomplished. Furthermore, this chapter addresses if the next-generation family members are (adequately) trained to develop the proper knowledge and skills for their future role as entrepreneurs. Findings suggest that, even in SMEs, the entrepreneurs and their children often perform different jobs, developing different skills, and undermining the knowledge sharing process. Moreover, the training/learning (both formal and informal) process of the next generation does not appear to help in the development of entrepreneurial skills. Finally, it is suggested that the knowledge sharing process faces major criticism when a daughter of the business family is involved.

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