Shelley Maeva Farrington, Elmarie Venter, both of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and Christo Boshoff, Stellenbosch University, published “The Role of Selected Team Design Elements in Successful Sibling Teams” on November 28th, 2011 in Family Business Review. To view other OnlineFirst articles, please click here.
For any team to function effectively, several basic elements need to be present. The extent to which these elements are present increases the chances of a successful team outcome. Since a family business can be viewed as a type of team, the literature on how to design effective teams is also relevant to business families. The primary objectives of this study are to identify the team design elements commonly referred to in the family business literature and to empirically test their influence on the effectiveness of South African sibling teams in family businesses. The empirical findings of this preliminary study show that physical resources, skills diversity, and strategic leadership are important determinants of sibling team success whereas role clarity and competence are not.
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