A recent paper by Radu-Lefebvre, Davis, and Gartner (2024, forth.)* offers a systematic literature review of legacy in family business. Drawing on the critical appraisal of 140 texts on legacy spanning 27 years of research in family business, the authors elaborate a process model of legacy which highlights senders and receivers of legacy and their motivations for sending, accepting or rejecting legacy, the family and business mechanisms through which legacy is sent and received, and the contexts in which legacy is built, interpreted and used. This model offers a novel conceptualization of legacy building, interpretation and use as fundamentally co-constructed and relational in nature. Legacy senders and receivers are mutually dependent for enacting legacy over time and jointly engaged in legacy co-construction and re-construction, these actions being guided by internal reasons (motivations) and bounded by external settings (contexts). At the intersection of senders’ and receivers’ motivations, convergence and divergence happen and orient the becoming of legacy in family firms. The aim of this webinar is to reflect on the theoretical and methodological implications of this conceptualization and to highlight the complexity that the study of legacy encompasses in family business.
*Radu-Lefebvre, M., Davis, J.H., and Gartner, W.B. (2024, forth.). Legacy in family business: A systematic literature review and future research agenda, Family Business Review.
Miruna Radu-Lefebvre is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and the holder of the Chair Family Entrepreneurship & Society at Audencia Business School, France. Her main research interest is the social construction of entrepreneurship and family business, exploring and theorizing the interplay of identities, emotions, social representations and gender in entrepreneurial discourse and practices. Her research has been published in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Organization Studies, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, and Technovation, among others.