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Who prefers working in family firms? An exploratory study of individuals’ organizational preferences across 40 countries

Joern Block (), Christian O. Fisch, James Lau, Martin Obschonka and André Presse

Journal of Family Business Strategy, 2016, vol. 7, issue 2, 65-74

Abstract: Employees can work in family or in non-family firms. Using a sample of more than 12,000 individuals in 40 countries, we investigate this particular occupational choice decision by exploring individual preferences to work in family firms. Our results show that socio-demographic, occupation-related, and entrepreneurship-related variables influence the preference to work in family firms. For example, a preference to work in family firms correlates positively with being female, a positive opinion on entrepreneurs, and self-employment intention, while it correlates negatively with length of full-time education, living in an urban area, being a manager, and entrepreneurship education. Our results help family firms with regard to recruiting of non-family employees and employer branding.

Keywords: Family firms; Occupational choice; Cross-country study; Organizational preference; Employer branding (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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