Continuity and Change in Latin America and Spain
Edited by Paloma Fernández Pérez and Andrea Lluch
Chapter 9: Large family businesses in Honduras: the influence of State intervention and immigration in the twentieth century
This chapter focuses on the origin and development of large family business in Honduras throughout the twentieth century. While family businesses have dominated the economic landscape in Honduras, little research has been conducted on how and why large family businesses developed in Honduras. Prior research advocates that this is due to lack of appropriate definitions and reliance on theories developed in culturally different contexts (Discua Cruz, 2010; Discua Cruz and Howorth, 2008). To advance understanding this chapter defines family business using broad criteria, including the participation and influence of family members in the control and development of a family firm over time (Chrisman et al., 2005). Defined historical periods in Honduras in the twentieth century are used to pinpoint exogenous and endogenous aspects that influenced the emergence and growth of family businesses (Amaya, 2006, 2011; Barahona, 2005; Becerra, 2011; D’Ans, 2011). To complement existing historical evidence this study relies on interviews with members of families that founded and/or control large family businesses in Honduras. The contribution of this chapter is identifying that State interventions, related to development paradigms (Ocampo, 2008; Ocampo and Ros, 2011) and immigration (Sánchez Alonso, 2007) are closely linked to the development of large family business in Honduras in the twentieth century.
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