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The role of family structure, culture and leadership in family firm performance

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The research will be a wide-ranging analysis of the critical factors that distinguish successful family firms – topic that has suffered great neglect and much misunderstanding. The aim is to raise the standard of scholarship in the area by refining a new theoretical framework and developing a multifaceted programme of high quality empirical research, with an ambitious programme of publication and dissemination. The work will seek to bring together formerly separated fields of study – neo-Darwinian theory, the anthropology of kinship, family studies, the psychology of individual differences, management science, organisation theory, and economics. Empirical work will focus on the relationship between family systems and leadership as determinants of the choices that underpin effective organisation and performance. The work will involved a mix of archival, survey based and comparative case study methods.

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Nigel Nicholson

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