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Title: Family Firm Types Based on the Professionalization Construct: Exploratory Research
Authors: DEKKER, Julie 
LYBAERT, Nadine 
STEIJVERS, Tensie 
DEPAIRE, Benoit 
MERCKEN, Roger 
Issue Date: 2013
Source: Family business review, 26(1), p. 81-99.
Abstract: This article responds to the calls from the research field to find effective ways to distinguish between different categories of family firms. We contribute to this literature by extending and refining previous family firm typologies. To attain this objective, we introduce the professionalization construct as basis for distinguishing family firms. As this construct is often approached in an oversimplified, one-dimensional manner, we first conduct an exploratory factor analysis in order to reveal its multidimensional nature. Based on these results, drawn from a representative sample of 532 Belgian family businesses, a cluster analysis facilitates a distinction between different ‘types’ of family firms based on a multidimensional conceptualization of firm professionalization.
Keywords: family business; professionalization; family firm typology; model-based clustering
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/13525
ISSN: 0894-4865
e-ISSN: 1741-6248
DOI: 10.1177/0894486512445614
ISI #: 000318809600006
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2014
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