Family Business and Technological Innovation: Evidence from the Italian Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Alessandra PerriEmail author
  • Enzo Peruffo


This chapter analyzes family and non-family firms’ innovative activity performance in the Italian pharmaceutical industry. By taking stock of literature on family firms and innovation management, as reviewed in Chaps.  2 and  3, it develops theoretical arguments regarding the multidimensional involvement of families in the innovative performance of Italian pharmaceutical firms, in terms of both the scale and quality of innovation. This chapter includes an empirical section that describes data sources, details the data collection process, and explains the methodology for the data analysis. It concludes by presenting and discussing the empirical findings and drawing conclusions from this evidence.


Family firms Innovation performance Innovation scale and quality Italian pharmaceutical industry 


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  1. 1.Department of ManagementCa’ Foscari UniversityVeniceItaly
  2. 2.Department of Business and ManagementLUISS Guido CarliRomeItaly

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