The impact of intra-group processes on family business success

Farrington, Shelley ; Venter, Elmarie ; Boshoff, Christo (2011-03-17)

CITATION: Farrington, S., Venter, E. & Boshoff, C. 2011. The impact of intra-group processes on family business success. South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, 14(1): a52, doi:10.4102/sajems.v14i1.52.

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Interpersonal ties and intra-group processes influence the ability of people to work together effectively as teams. In the context of the family business team, intra-group processes describe the interaction that takes place between the family members and the resultant psychological climate that exists in the family business. Given the increasing number of sibling teams among family businesses, as well as the challenges they face as team members, this study focuses on sibling teams in family businesses and the intra-group processes that influence their success. The primary objective of this study is to identify and empirically test the intragroup processes influencing the effectiveness of sibling partnerships. A structured questionnaire was distributed to 1323 sibling partner respondents. The respondents were identified by means of a convenience snowball sampling technique, and the data were collected from 371 usable questionnaires. The empirical findings of this study show that the sibling relationship and fairness are important determinants of sibling team effectiveness.

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