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The Rise and Fall of Family Firms in the Process of Development

Carillo, Maria Rosaria and Lombardo, Vincenzo and Zazzaro, Alberto (2019): The Rise and Fall of Family Firms in the Process of Development.

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Abstract

This paper explores the causes and the consequences of the evolution of family firms in the growth process. The theory suggests that in early stages of development, valuable family specific human capital stimulated the productivity of family firms and the development process. However, in light of the rise in the importance of managerial talents for firms' productivity in later stages, family firms generated a misallocation of managerial talents, curbing productivity and economic growth. Evidence supports the dual impact of family firms in the development process and the role of socio-cultural characteristics in observed variations in the productivity of family firms.

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