Managing Boundaries Through Identity Work: The Role of Individual and Organizational Identity Tactics

Joshua R. Knapp, Brett R. Smith, Glen E. Kreiner, Chamu Sundaramurthy, Sidney L. Barton

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Abstract

Drawing on boundary and identity theories, we examine how individuals manage boundaries in family businesses. Using an inductive, qualitative approach based on interviews of 44 individuals in four family businesses, we find organizational members use 13 identity work tactics, collectively labeled social boundary management, to create and manage boundaries for both individual and organizational identities. We illustrate how individuals use identity work tactics to integrate and segment themselves and others between the domains of family and business. Our findings have implications for family business research, boundary theory, and identity theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-355
Number of pages23
JournalFamily Business Review
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Finance

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