Family Business and Technological Innovation

Empirical Insights from the Italian Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Alessandra Perri
  • Enzo Peruffo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Alessandra Perri, Enzo Peruffo
    Pages 1-8
  3. Alessandra Perri, Enzo Peruffo
    Pages 71-94
  4. Alessandra Perri, Enzo Peruffo
    Pages 139-155
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 157-159

About this book


This book explores technological innovation in family firms, seeking to reconstruct the links between the heterogeneous dimensions of family businesses and their innovative behaviour. Building on and examining the traditional view of family firms as conservative, this book contributes to knowledge surrounding the puzzling role of family firms in technological innovation, with particular focus on the Italian pharmaceutical industry. The authors explore technological advances within the industry in connection with various features of family governance. This thought-provoking study is divided into two parts, the first part providing an overview of  current literature on the topic, and the second part analysing the findings of empirical investigation in a specific industry setting. Practitioners and academics of business strategy will find this book extremely useful as it combines both solid theoretical reasoning and robust empirical analysis.


innovation strategy behaviour governance empirical research family firms family governance technological advances business strategy

Authors and affiliations

  • Alessandra Perri
    • 1
  • Enzo Peruffo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ManagementCa’ Foscari UniversityVeniceItaly
  2. 2.Department of Business and ManagementLUISS Guido CarliRomeItaly

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