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Family ownership and business survival: Kirkcaldy, 1870-1970

Mackie, R. (2001). Family ownership and business survival: Kirkcaldy, 1870-1970. Business History, 43(3) pp. 1–32.

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This article uses a study of industrial firms in the Scottish burgh of Kirkcaldy to demonstrate high and rising survival among family firms during the first half of the twentieth century. Survival rates, however, were not constant and trends are linked to the evolving relationship between family and firm. In particular, it is argued that the adoption of limited liability increased the chances of firm survival, but also altered the character of family-owned firms. Finally, th article considers the reasons for a rise in exits in the 1950s and 1960s.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0007-6791
Keywords: family firms; business survival; Kirkcaldy; limited liability
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > History
Item ID: 3411
Depositing User: Robin Mackie
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 15:56
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