Abstract

This study explores how family business members learn between and across generations. It draws on Lave and Wenger’s (1991) concepts of communities of practice and legitimate peripheral participation to explore the relationship between family members and learning. This study shows learning in the family business context is about continuity but the process of learning in which family engage, is uneven, non-linear and unpredictable. To learn about continuity, family members participate in multiple ways, gradually over time. In this study gradual participation to build legitimacy is revealed as a multi-generational learning phenomenon. It involves multiple forms of co-participation influenced by family members from the past, present and future.

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