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Ethel Brundin & Charmine E.J. Härtel

In: The SAGE Handbook of Family Business

Chapter 27: Emotions in Family Firms

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Emotions in Family Firms
Emotions in family firms
EthelBrundin and Charmine E.J.Härtel

Emotion dimensions pervade the full spectrum of human behavior and interaction, and the organizational arena is no exception. In recognition of this, research on emotions in organizational settings has been developing fast with an upsurge of academic interest in the subject (Härtel et al., 2011). Despite the increase over the last decade in the knowledge base about the role of emotions in work settings, little attention has been given to the family business context. This is especially surprising given the family business’ specific characteristics and intertwinement of the two systems of the family and the firm (Astrachan and Jaskiewicz, 2008) giving room for a lot of emotions. Or, as Fletcher (2000: 164) argues, ‘the interpersonal ...

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