Explores whether there are any significant performance and ambitions differences between independent family and non‐family unquoted companies in the UK. To detect “real” performance and ambitions differences, rather than demographic “sample” differences between family and non‐family companies, a “matched” sample methodology has been utilized. Concludes that there are strong similarities between the two groups of companies in terms of “hard” objective performance and ambition indicators. Such differences as do occur are reflected in the finding that family companies are markedly more likely to stress non‐financial objectives than non‐family companies. Discusses implications for future research exploring the characteristics and performance of family and non‐family companies.
Westhead, P. and Cowling, M. (1997), "Performance contrasts between family and non‐family unquoted companies in the UK", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 30-52. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552559710170892Download as .RIS
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