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San Diego State University

Fowler College of
Business Administration

Intellectual Contribution

Title
Managing Boundaries through Identity Work: The Role of Individual and Organizational Identity Tactics
Author(s)
Knapp, J. R., Smith, B. R., Kreiner, G., Sundaramurthy, C., Barton, S.
Type of Research
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Date Published
2013, After July
Contribution Type
Discipline-based scholarship (basic research)
Contribution Category
B
Points
7
Publication Title
Family Business Review
Volume(s)
26
Edition
4
Page Number(s)
333-355
Digital Object Identifier
10.1177/0894486512474036
URL
http://fbr.sagepub.com/
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.