Team building and conflict management: Strategies for family businesses

Michael Filbeck, Linda L. Smith

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In this study, we investigate the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) as an instrument to improve relationships among family team members in family businesses. We conducted a workshop on personality differences based on the MBTI for the family management teams of four family businesses. Both before and after the workshops, members of each team completed a survey assessing their perceptions of interpersonal dynamics within the family business. Improved responses on the post-workshop survey show that educating family business members in personality differences can improve perceptions relating to the interpersonal dynamics within the family management team.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-352
Number of pages14
JournalFamily Business Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)

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