Organizational life cycle stage and controls in Australian family firms

Moores, Ken J. and Mula, Joseph (2008) Organizational life cycle stage and controls in Australian family firms. In: Culturally sensitive models of family business in anglo region: a compendium using the globe paradigm. Icfai University Press, Hyderabad, India, pp. 155-175. ISBN 978-81-314-2068-3


Despite their numerical and economic significance to Australia, family businesses have not been extensively researched. This paper reports results from a nation-wide study of Australian family owned businesses that sought to ascertain and understand their management and control practices. In particular, we assess the organizational transitions of these firms in terms of their dominant controls. Controls are evaluated according to Ouchi's classification of market, bureaucratic, and clan controls. The salience of these different controls serves to identify distinctive patterns that define periods of organizational passage (life cycles).

The purpose of this paper is to ascertain and understand the management and control practices of Australian family owned firms. In particular, we explore whether there is a dominance of market, bureaucratic, or clan controls that coincide with various stages of development of family firms. This isolates those controls that facilitate the development of family firms in their successful management of key organizational transitions.

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Additional Information: Modified and reprinted with permission of Blackwell Publishing. All rights reserved. This article may not be photocopied or reproduced by any means without prior consent. Originally published as Ken Moores and J M Mula (2000). The Salience of Market, Bureaucratic and Clan Controls in the management of family firm transitions: Some tentative Australian evidence. Family Business Review, June pp. 91-106
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 21 May 2010 05:18
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 03:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: family owned businesses; Australia
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1599 Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150314 Small Business Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management

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