Quotation Weismeier-Sammer, Daniela, Frank, Hermann, Keßler, Alexander, Rusch, Thomas, Süss-Reyes, Julia. 2014. Capturing the familiness of family businesses: the development of a multidimensional scale. 2nd IFERA RDW, Wien, Österreich, 24.09.-26.09.




The goal of this paper is the development of the first familiness scale that aims at measuring the actual family influence as opposed to the potential family influence on the business. In three studies, we examined the topic of familiness with qualitative and quantitative empirical approaches. Multiple in-depth cases studies, a pre-test and a validation study led to a scale comprising three dimensions (involvement, essence and identity) and seven sub-dimensions (ownership, management and control; proficiency level of active family members; sharing of information between family members; transgenerational orientation; employee orientation; business family identity; and family business identity) with 25 items. Based on a new system theory framework, our research delivers a promising approach grasping the heterogeneity and complexity of family business.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Capturing the familiness of family businesses: the development of a multidimensional scale
Event 2nd IFERA RDW
Year 2014
Date 24.09.-26.09
Country Austria
Location Wien
URL http://ifera.org/index.php/rdw-2014


Familiness in family businesses
Weismeier-Sammer, Daniela (Former researcher)
Frank, Hermann (Details)
Keßler, Alexander (Details)
Rusch, Thomas (Details)
Süss-Reyes, Julia (Former researcher)
Institute for Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship IN (Details)
Department of Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Research Institute for Family Business FI (Details)
Competence Center for Empirical Research Methods WE (Details)
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