At this time of the year, many people are spending time with their family. But even if everyone says that the most important thing is to be together, it is not uncommon for the coziness to end in conflict.
Ethel Brundin is Professor inbusiness administration at Jönköping International Business School. She has researched how emotions affect families that run companies together.
"In my research I talk about sedimented feelings, which means that you store them. If we have had a good meeting, then the chances are that the next meeting will also go well. But if we had a conflict, the risk of new conflicts increases, even if the old conflict is resolved."
This doesn't only to the boardroom of a family business, but also to the dinner table in any family. Another thing that can be transferred from the corporate world to the home is so-called emotional ownership.
"Emotional ownership is when you feel that something is 'mine', even if it is not legal or financially so. In a family business, the children working in the company can have strong feelings for the company and call it 'theirs', even if they are not legal owners. And one can say that most of us have an emotional ownership of traditions and celebrations. Therefore, different opinions easily lead to conflict."