Family firms as institutions:Cultural reproduction and status maintenance among multi-centenary shinise in Kyoto

Sasaki, Innan and Ravasi, Davide and Micelotta, Evelyn (2019) Family firms as institutions:Cultural reproduction and status maintenance among multi-centenary shinise in Kyoto. Organization Studies, 40 (6). pp. 793-831. ISSN 0170-8406

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Abstract

Our study investigated how multi-centenary family firms in the area of Kyoto – collectively known as shinise – maintain a high social status in the community. Our analysis unpacks the socio-cultural practices through which the ongoing interaction among these actors re-enacts and reproduces the social order that ascribes shinise a distinct social standing in exchange for their continued commitment to practices and structures that help the community preserve its cultural integrity and collective identity. By doing so, our findings trace a connection between status maintenance and the expressive function that a category of firms performs within a community. At the same time, our study reveals a dark side of high status, by showing how their commitments lock shinise in a position of ‘benign entrapment’ that may impose sacrifices on family members and severe limitations to their personal freedom.

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Organization Studies
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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Organization Studies, 40 (6), 2019, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2019 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Organization Studies page: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/OSS on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com/
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127778
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26 Sep 2018 12:18
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