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Family firm performance


Strategy and Entrepreneurship

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The research takes a completely new approach to the study of one of the most neglected but economically and socially important sectors of business - family firms. The objective is theoretical, empirical and methodological innovation that will give the area the attention it deserves at the highest levels of management scholarship. Three linked empirical investigations will look at hitherto unexamined and overlapping sets of variables: family structure, family culture, and leadership personality configurations. It will test how these relate to patterns of ownership, executive responsibility and governance arrangements, and with what consequences for the future viability of the firm. The impacts will be assessed on financial performance, the foci of management attention, the prevalence and locus of conflict within the firm, and anticipated approaches to leadership succession and involving the next generation. The research also incorporates an action research phase for selected cases

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Kate Lewis

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Kate Lewis

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