Family Firms in European Economic History

DOING SUCCESSION IN EUROPE: GENERATIONAL TRANSFERS IN FAMILY BUSINESSES IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE, Isabell Stamm, Peter Breitschmid, Martin Kohli, eds., Schulthess Verlag, 2010

26 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2010 Last revised: 14 Apr 2010

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Andrea Colli

Bocconi University - Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management

Date Written: March 28, 2010

Abstract

This chapter focuses on a particular typology of family firms – the larger ones – in Europe. Its aim is to identify and discuss the main common characteristics of big European family firms, as well as the determinants of their enduring persistence. In order to achieve this, the dynamic and comparative approach characteristic of business history is taken as the main analytical framework. The first paragraph describes the importance of large family firms in Europe in the long-run. In the second, some of their most significant features are discussed. The third aims at analyzing the determinants of their persistence and the influence of the general environment on their form. Conclusions follow.

Keywords: Family Firms, European Corporations, Business History

JEL Classification: M13, M14, N83, N84

Suggested Citation

Colli, Andrea, Family Firms in European Economic History (March 28, 2010). DOING SUCCESSION IN EUROPE: GENERATIONAL TRANSFERS IN FAMILY BUSINESSES IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE, Isabell Stamm, Peter Breitschmid, Martin Kohli, eds., Schulthess Verlag, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1583862

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