Managerial Control Systems in Family Business: State of the Art

Performance Measurement and Management Control: The Relevance of Performance Measurement and Management Control Research

ISBN: 978-1-78756-470-1, eISBN: 978-1-78756-469-5

ISSN: 1479-3512

Publication date: 4 October 2018

Abstract

Forty-five articles have been analyzed, which were issued in 29 sources. Research findings show that the literature on MCS in family business is limited and not very conclusive. Some authors focused on the type of controls, other authors outlined the role of MCS in managerialization and the relation with professionalization. A few studies focused on some specific mechanisms, especially strategic planning and compensation. Some contributes dealt with MCS’ determinants and impacts. Differences between family and non-family firms were proposed. However, a clear and organized picture of the features of MCS in family firms, their determinants, and impacts has not yet been developed. Particularly, the impact of the distinctive features of family business on MCS represents an underdeveloped research field along with how MCS can be differently developed and used in different kinds of family firms. In the light of findings of the literature review, we propose a reference research framework on MCS in family business.

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Songini, L., Morelli, C. and Vola, P. (2018), "Managerial Control Systems in Family Business: State of the Art", Epstein, M., Verbeeten, F. and Widener, S. (Ed.) Performance Measurement and Management Control: The Relevance of Performance Measurement and Management Control Research (Studies in Managerial and Financial Accounting, Vol. 33), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 193-220. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-351220180000033008

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