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The research will be exploratory in nature. The focus of the project is to understand how family firms work in the context of innovation. The representatives of the family firms will be the parents and the friends of the researcher. The project specifically attempts to understand whether Chinese family enterprises have some form of a unique advantage when it comes to innovation. Some of the elements that would hence be discussed in this context are with respect to interpersonal relationships in the family business, the factor of loyalty the obstacles and how the obstacles towards innovation in the family business might be addressed are also included. Functional adaptability and enthusiasm to create in a family business might be more compared to a non-family run one. This is a basic hypothesis with which the research would be conducted.
Research Aim and Objectives
The aim of the research is to identify and critically analyze those elements that Chinese family firms rely on to realize innovation. The elements would be culture based, the family firm based or would be based on the individual. A comprehensive set of elements is being considered for research.
The objectives of research are:
To identify those criteria which facilitates better innovation and creativity management in Chinese family firms
To analyze and critically discuss by means of secondary research data if Chinese family firms differ from western culture family firms and how these differences would impact on the creativity and the innovation of the organization
To understand by means of primary research, what the owners, and the other representatives of Chinese family firms believe about their company’s innovation attempts.
Based on the research aim, and a preliminary literature search (as presented in the research background), some research questions have been formulated.
What are the ways Chinese firms believing they avail advantages when it comes to creativity and innovation compared to other non-family Chinese firms?
Does the mix of generations in family firms, lead to more liberal attitudes on innovation in the firm? Is there balance between the old and the new?


探索性研究方法是一種可以在研究問題還沒有以非常明確的方式確定的情況下使用的方法(creswel&clark, 2007;陰,2003)。現在考慮到目前的研究重點,“中國家族企業依靠什麽實現創新?”可以看作是一個多方面的復雜現象。這是因為中國企業和創新本身是一個獨立的話題,中國企業的文化與其他西方企業不同,所以文化的影響會改變中國企業的創新方式。關註中國家族企業如何將再次更加重視文化工作,最後通過試圖識別特定因素出現在中國家族企業激勵、援助或協助的創造力和創新被認為是一個復雜的現象,因為不同的相互作用和影響的關系。在這種背景下,探索性研究是有益的,因為它試圖確定是否存在問題。在本研究中,我們確定並分析了在中國家族企業創新中發揮作用的這些因素的存在,這些因素在某種程度上對西方企業或其他企業的創新是好是壞。

An exploratory research methodology is one that can be used where the problem of the research has still not been identified in a very definitive way (Creswel& Clark, 2007; Yin, 2003). Now considering the current research focus, ‘What does Chinese family firms rely on to realize innovation?’ can be seen as a multifaceted complex phenomenon. This is because Chinese firms and innovation can by itself be a separate topic and Chinese firms would be different based on culture from other western firms, so the cultural impact would change how Chinese firms might innovate. Focusing on how a Chinese family firm would work would put more emphasis on the culture again, and finally by attempting to identify specific factors as present in Chinese family firms that motivate, aid or assist in terms of creativity and innovation is seen to be a complex phenomenon because of the interplay of different relationships and impacts. In this context, exploratory research is beneficial because it attempts to identify whether a problem exists. In the case of this research, the presence of such factors that play a role in the innovation of Chinese family firms, in a way that is either much better or lesser so with respect to western or other firms is identified and analyzed.