Theoretical background

Part of the Familienunternehmen und KMU book series (KMU)


Family business research is a relatively young academic field. Until the 1980s, scientists largely ignored the role of family businesses in the corporate world (Hack, 2009). In contrast, research was focused on public companies with scattered ownership. Reports on family businesses were largely descriptive, based on anecdotal or stereotypical evidence, and focused on phenomenological problems, such as succession or business governance (Poutziouris, Smyrnios, & Klein, 2006).


Zucker Berman Lester 


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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.VallendarGermany

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