Family Firms and Institutional Contexts
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Family Firms and Institutional Contexts

Business Models, Innovation and Competitive Advantage

Edited by Giorgia M. D’Allura, Andrea Colli and Sanjay Goel

Featuring in-depth analysis of original research, this innovative book takes an interdisciplinary, cross-national approach to the study of family firms as institutions as well as the relationship between family firms and external institutions. It demonstrates the impact of these interactions both on the firms and institutions themselves and in the wider economic context, and provides important conceptual insights as well as ideas for future research agendas.
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Chapter 3: Mixed methods approach for family firm and institutions research: literature review and suggestion for future research

Giorgia Maria D’Allura and Mariasole Bannò


Family firms are complex organizations owing to the co-existence of two institutions: the family and the firm. The family delivers to those organizations high levels of interpersonal dynamics that are embedded in the family supra-system and that shape the second institution (the firm) in terms of nonfinancial value not typically found in nonfamily businesses. The study of family business through the lens of institutional theory highlights three levels of analysis: the family, the firm and the actor(s) in the institutional context. These three levels call for progress at the theoretical and methodological level. In this chapter, the focus is on the mixed methods approach for family firm and institutions research. The idea is that mixed methods research, using both qualitative and quantitative perspectives in the same study, provides additional understanding and generalizability for the topic under study and helps to solve the complexities arising from the interaction of the three levels of analysis identified above.

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