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Introduction

  • Hans-Georg BerkelEmail author
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Part of the Edition KWV book series (EKWV)

Abstract

Family firms are among the most prevalent forms of business in many countries of the world. They are believed to account for more than 50% of the gross domestic product of the world’s most advanced economies. In Switzerland, for instance, the Swiss Institute for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises at the University of St. Gallen found family enterprises to dominate the economy. Family firms are estimated to make up 88% of all enterprises in the country. However, it is difficult to compare numbers across countries.

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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Negotiation ConsultingFreisingGermany

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