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'Best for the family': researching families and business

Mackie, Robin (2001). 'Best for the family': researching families and business. Family and Community History, 4(1) pp. 31–44.

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For most of us, the term 'family firm' summons up images of an old-established and perhaps rather conservative business that has been passed down through the generations. This article starts by using a study of one firm to argue that the stereotype conceals significant questions about firms, families and the relations between them. It goes on to outline some recent historical work on family firms by looking, in turn, at research on the incidence and character of family business, on the strategies and performance of companies, and on the family dimension in enterprise. It stresses the importance of the small-scale and the local in this research and notes that historians are now using a wide range sources familiar to local and community historians to develop this field.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2001 FACHRS
ISSN: 1463-1180
Keywords: family firms; business; business history
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > History
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Item ID: 3415
Depositing User: Robin Mackie
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 16:33
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