Aaron F. McKenny, Jeremy C. Short, Miles A. Zachary and G. Tyge Payne published “Assessing Espoused Goals in Private Family Firms Using Content Analysis” on September 9th, 2011 in Family Business Review’s OnlineFirst collection. Other articles that are available OnlineFirst can be found here.
Understanding how private family firms gauge performance is of great interest to family business scholars. Unfortunately, finding comparable data to understand differences in the performance of such firms is challenging. This study draws from the organizational identity literature to show how private family firms communicate different goals in publicly available organizational narratives. The authors illustrate a process using content analysis that allows family business scholars to create a comparative data set that captures both normative and utilitarian goals using website and press release narratives from a sample of Australian firms.