Onnolee Nordstrom, Assistant Professor of Management wrote a paper titled, “Looking in the Other Direction: An Ethnographic Analysis of How Family Businesses Can Be Operated to Enhance Family Wellbeing." The paper has been accepted for publication in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. This journal is on the list of Financial Times Top 50 Journals, which are used in business school research rankings internationally.
Looking in the Other Direction: An Ethnographic Analysis of How Family Businesses Can Be Operated to Enhance Family Wellbeing
While much family business research has examined how family ownership affects businesses, this paper raises a question consistent with enquiries in the latter direction: How can family firms be operated to enhance the wellbeing of owning families and their members? We address this question by analyzing ethnographic data collected from an ‘extreme case’ of both family enterprising and familial wellbeing: Hutterite colonies in Western Canada. Our findings suggest three enterprise-level strategies and three task-level practices that strengthen family member satisfaction and family system effectiveness.