Abstract

This paper investigates how different levels of family involvement as well as different kinds of family relationships impact family firm growth. Prior research studies examining family firm performance (Anderson & Reeb, 2003, Villalonga & Amit, 2006, Miller et al., 2007) have found varying empirical evidence. Although studies investigating family firm performance have extensively discussed the crucial role the family definition plays, little research exists on how different kinds of family relationships (i.e. the involvement of siblings, spouses or parents with children) prevalent within the family firm influence firm growth. This is an important research gap, since we know that different kinds of family relationships entail different levels of social embeddedness and cohesion (Wiklund et al., forthcoming).

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