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Family business and regional development—A theoretical model of regional familiness

Rodrigo Basco

Journal of Family Business Strategy, 2015, vol. 6, issue 4, 259-271

Abstract: A key issue for regional development studies is to determine the exogenous and endogenous factors and the processes that occur within the territory and favor sustainable regional growth and development. Despite theoretical and empirical advances in understanding the mechanisms behind regional development, one dimension has been neglected: family business. To address this gap, I aim to link the family business and regional development literatures by developing a theoretical model that attempts to serve as a framework for interpreting the potential role that family firms play in regional development. The model is based on the concept of regional familiness, suggesting that the embeddedness of family businesses in regional productive structures affects regional factors, regional processes, and regional proximity dimensions and thus alters external economies of agglomeration and regional externalities. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Keywords: Regional familiness; Firm familiness; Family business and regional development; Proximity dimensions; Family firm; Contextualizing family firms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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