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Family Business Management Activities, Styles and Characteristics: A Correlational Study

Robert N. Lussier (Springfield College)
Matthew C. Sonfield (Hofstra University)

American Journal of Business

ISSN: 1935-5181

Article publication date: 22 April 2004

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Abstract

In the literature of family business, certain management activities, styles and characteristics have been most frequently examined. Yet no prior research focusing on the relationship between these family businesses variables has been found. This is a survey‐research correlation study of 149 family businesses. Of the twelve variables studied, twenty of the sixty‐six correlations were found to be significant. Major findings are the consistent use of professional management activities, styles and characteristics in family businesses, and that using non‐family members within top management does not significantly increase the professionalism of management of such businesses.

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Lussier, R.N. and Sonfield, M.C. (2004), "Family Business Management Activities, Styles and Characteristics: A Correlational Study", American Journal of Business, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 47-54. https://doi.org/10.1108/19355181200400005

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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