An Approach for Analyzing the Vulnerability of Small Family Businesses
AbstractIn a given operating environment, small family businesses typically have fewer resources to minimize vulnerability. Identifying this exposure is basic to strategic analysis and, potentially, public policy analysis. This can become even more important when structural change in the environment is expected while its exact character is not known. The implications of climate change for Australian family farms are an example. This paper reports a study designed to analyse the vulnerability of dairy farms in Victoria, Australia. The study draws on production control (applied general systems) theory, value chains and image theory to capture comprehensively the lock-in arising from salient past decisions and impact on the current business structure and strategy. This is the path dependence that defines the constraints and associated options available to small family businesses. The authors identify benefits associated with the use of dynamic analysis of vulnerability over static analysis. Generalizable implications regarding analysis of vulnerability in small family businesses are offered. View Full-Text
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Cowan, L.; Wright, V. An Approach for Analyzing the Vulnerability of Small Family Businesses. Systems 2016, 4, 3.
Cowan L, Wright V. An Approach for Analyzing the Vulnerability of Small Family Businesses. Systems. 2016; 4(1):3.Chicago/Turabian Style
Cowan, Lisa; Wright, Vic. 2016. "An Approach for Analyzing the Vulnerability of Small Family Businesses." Systems 4, no. 1: 3.
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