Antecedents and outcomes of work-family integration in family firms

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Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftswissenschaften für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler


Work-family interface research studies how work and family roles and identities interact with each other. In family businesses, where family members work together in a business, the work-family interface can be particularly complex and can have unique implications for both the business and the family. How does the integration of work and family among family members in family businesses manifest itself and what factors lead to a high or low level of integration? Does integration necessarily lead to conflict? And what are the consequences of a high vs. low degree of integration of work and family have for the family business? The core of this thesis is to provide a structured overview of these questions.
The specific question for the thesis can be worked out together. Possible questions for a systematic literature review could be, for example:
• Which influencing factors lead to a higher vs. lower integration of family and work among family members in family businesses? To what extent can this be influenced by the family members?
• Under what circumstances do work-family-conflicts (transfer of work life to the family) and family-work-conflicts (transfer of family life to work) arise in the context of family businesses?
• What are the typical consequences of such conflicts?
What's in it for you?
• Personal support and coaching
• Regular appointments to discuss your state of work
• First insights into research on family businesses (especially exciting if you are interested in the effects of relationships and emotions on entrepreneurial activity)

Starting literature:

Sundaramurthy, C., & Kreiner, G. E. (2008). Governing by managing identity boundaries: The case of family businesses. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 32(3), 415-436.

Cooper, J. T., Kidwell, R. E., & Eddleston, K. A. (2013). Boss and parent, employee and child: Work‐family roles and deviant behavior in the family firm. Family Relations, 62(3), 457-471.

Memili, E., Chang, E. P., Kellermanns, F. W., & Welsh, D. H. (2015). Role conflicts of family members in family firms. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 24(1), 143-151.

Carr, J. C., & Hmieleski, K. M. (2015). Differences in the outcomes of work and family conflict between family–and nonfamily businesses: an examination of business founders. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 39(6), 1413-1432.

Keywords: Family relationships, family-work issues, family-work interface, role conflict, family firms