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Family businesses: Where roles, values and work-family relationships form a single picture

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This paper aims to contribute a Central-Eastern European perspective, more specifically, a Slovak one, to the qualitative psychological studies on family businesses (FBs). In this paper I present three case studies of small family firms in Eastern Slovakia focusing on three theory-driven psychological aspects of family businesses: roles, relationships, and values. Additionally, the paper analyses the strategies and actions undertaken by FBs during the Covid-19 lockdown. The respondents were six first generation FB founders and owners (who are also spouses). The author believes that the FB founders’ stories will contribute to a deeper understanding of how FB owners’ interactions and dynamics are mirrored in their roles, values, and relationships; in particular, multiple roles, the values of family and unity, and positive relationships. Moreover, the paper deepens our understanding of how FBs have been affected by the Covid-19 lockdowns, and how they responded to the initial phase of the unprecedented situation.

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family business, roles, values, relationships, Covid-19

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Fedáková, D., (2021) “Family businesses: Where roles, values and work-family relationships form a single picture”, EWOP in Practice 15(3), 217–242. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/ewopinpractice.87155

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Denisa Fedáková (Centre of Social and Psychological Sciences)

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