Chapter 8 An alternative approach to family business
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Chapter 8 refers to the Siljanstrand, Siljansgården, Green Hotel, Klockargården and the Åkerblads-Tällbergsgården story, directing attention to business activities caught up in materials that relate to spatiality as expressed by existential space and bodily lived place. From a hermeneutic-phenomenological perspective family business dissolves into activities with which people entwine in amongst materials. As pointed out, hermeneutic-phenomenological interpretation and understanding of the social and the spatial material shifts the focus away from entitized conceptions of family business contexts to ‘entity’ in the constitution of entity-ness, accountable for existence and being. The chapter underlines the importance of adding to the study of family business an alternative approach, in the form of a theory of socio-material weaving sensitive to a way of being in the world that implies an individual’s entwinement with activity. In the discussion of the development of a socio-material weaving theory plausibility and a narrative truth are emphasized.

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