Relational Competence-Based Knowledge Transfer Within Intrafamily Succession: An Experimental Study

Isabella Hatak, Dietmar Rößl

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


This article discusses the challenges of knowledge management within intrafamily succession against the background of the knowledge-based view. As a knowledge transfer is crucial for a successful business continuation, factors that promote the interpersonal knowledge transfer are identified. Since the quality of the relationship between successor and predecessor is considered a key determinant of knowledge transfer, the role of relational competence in the knowledge transfer process is analyzed. A laboratory experiment (N = 107) was conducted to test the derived hypotheses. In its conclusion, the article presents the empirically confirmed strong relationship between relational competence and knowledge transfer within intrafamily succession.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10 - 25
JournalFamily Business Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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