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This introduction offers a synopsis of the main topics and arguments covered in this volume. The book is divided into two parts. The first part (Chaps. 2, 3) offers a general perspective on the dynamics of innovation in family firms, by reviewing the most relevant theories that, from both a family business and an innovation studies viewpoint, contribute to understand the management of technological innovation in family firms. The second part (Chaps. 4, 5) works with selected theories to carry out an analysis of family firms’ innovation performance in the Italian pharmaceutical industry. It describes the industry setting and the empirical methodology and discusses the results of the analysis. The final Chapter (Chap. 6) concludes and offers directions for future research.
KeywordsChapters’ overview Family firms Innovation Pharmaceutical industry
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