Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 81, Issue 2, pp 261–279 | Cite as

Is the Culture of Family Firms Really Different? A Value-based Model for Its Survival through Generations

  • Manuel Carlos VallejoEmail author


The current work represents a piece of research on the family firm of the semasiological, interpretive or culture creation type. In it we carry out a comparative analysis of the organizational culture of this type of firm along with firms not considered to be family firms, using as theoretical framework generally accepted theories in business administration, such as the systems, neoinstitutional, transformational leadership, and social identity theories. Our findings confirm the existence of certain elements of culture, especially values and allow us to propose a value-based model to help family firms to survive through different family generations.


culture family firm institutionalism transformational leadership values 


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  1. 1.ManagementUniversity of JaénJaénSpain

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