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Problematizing socioemotional wealth in family firms: a systems-theoretical reframing

Hasenzagl, Rupert and Hatak, Isabella and Frank, Hermann (2018) Problematizing socioemotional wealth in family firms: a systems-theoretical reframing. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 30 (1-2). pp. 199-223. ISSN 0898-5626

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Abstract

The concept of socioemotional wealth (SEW) seeks to present an independent paradigmatic basis for family-firm research, and in doing so aims to establish a sound basis for the scientific legitimacy of family-firm research. Establishing that legitimacy requires scholars to demonstrate that SEW is based on coherent assumptions on several theoretical levels. This paper uses the problematization methodology to challenge the coherence of the theoretical assumptions underpinning SEW and to advance theory development. The results of this problematization show that SEW is built on a theoretical level close to the object of research (in-house assumptions), but that more deeply-rooted theoretical levels (e.g. paradigmatic assumptions) are not sufficiently elaborated. Moreover, the original conceptualization is based on a positivist-mechanistic view, which hinders SEW reflecting the complex reality of family firms. Based on the results of this problematization, new systems theory is applied to reframe SEW's theoretical grounding. Thereby the main contribution of the paper is a critical reflection on the theoretical underpinnings of SEW (in particular root-metaphor and paradigmatic assumptions), serving as the basis for advancing a coherent theoretical understanding of this important concept in family business research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Open access funding provided by Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).
Keywords: Family-firm research, socioemotional wealth, problematization, theoretical reframing of socioemotional wealth, new systems theory
Divisions: Forschungsinstitute > Familienunternehmen
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: ePub Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 11:50
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 15:40
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/84174/
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/5868

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