PurposeThe aim of this paper is to analyse the role of communities of practice (CoP) as knowledge-sharing tools in family small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In this context, CoPs that jointly involve family and non-family members are expected to act as knowledge-sharing tools.Design/methodology/approachThis paper employs a multiple case study methodology, analysing the cases of six small companies in different sectors and countries over a period of 8 years. Both primary and secondary data are used.FindingsThe results show the role CoPs play in involving family and non-family members in empowering knowledge-sharing initiatives. A CoP's role in knowledge sharing depends on the presence (or lack) of a family leader, the leadership approach, the degree of cohesion around shared approaches and values within the CoP, and the presence of multiple generations at work.Originality/valueThis paper contributes to the literature on knowledge sharing in family businesses, by exploring for the first time the role of the CoP as a knowledge-sharing tool, depending on families' involvement in the CoP.

Rossignoli, F., Lionzo, A., Henschel, T., Boers, B., Knowledge sharing in family SMEs: the role of communities of practice, <<JOURNAL OF FAMILY BUSINESS MANAGEMENT>>, 2023; (2023): 1-22. [doi:10.1108/JFBM-03-2023-0038] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/247174]

Knowledge sharing in family SMEs: the role of communities of practice

Rossignoli, Francesca;Lionzo, Andrea;
2023

Abstract

PurposeThe aim of this paper is to analyse the role of communities of practice (CoP) as knowledge-sharing tools in family small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In this context, CoPs that jointly involve family and non-family members are expected to act as knowledge-sharing tools.Design/methodology/approachThis paper employs a multiple case study methodology, analysing the cases of six small companies in different sectors and countries over a period of 8 years. Both primary and secondary data are used.FindingsThe results show the role CoPs play in involving family and non-family members in empowering knowledge-sharing initiatives. A CoP's role in knowledge sharing depends on the presence (or lack) of a family leader, the leadership approach, the degree of cohesion around shared approaches and values within the CoP, and the presence of multiple generations at work.Originality/valueThis paper contributes to the literature on knowledge sharing in family businesses, by exploring for the first time the role of the CoP as a knowledge-sharing tool, depending on families' involvement in the CoP.
2023
Inglese
Rossignoli, F., Lionzo, A., Henschel, T., Boers, B., Knowledge sharing in family SMEs: the role of communities of practice, <<JOURNAL OF FAMILY BUSINESS MANAGEMENT>>, 2023; (2023): 1-22. [doi:10.1108/JFBM-03-2023-0038] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/247174]
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
JFBM_2023.pdf

accesso aperto

Licenza: Creative commons
Dimensione 178.25 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
178.25 kB Adobe PDF Visualizza/Apri

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/10807/247174
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 4
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 3
social impact