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Introduction: Characterizing Family Owned Enterprises and Assessing Them on Criteria Such as Family Involvement, Size, Age, Longevity, Independence and Vitality

  • Laura K. C. Seibold
  • Maximilian Lantelme
  • Hermut Kormann
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Abstract

The first chapter introduces to the topic of German family firms by depicting the “German Pattern” of family businesses. The measurement of longevity, independence and vitality as well as the structure and goals of this collection are presented in the first chapter. This chapter concludes with the definition of family businesses and emphasizes the need for a size differentiation within research on family businesses.

Keywords

Family business landscape Structure of family firms Size Family business pattern Definition of family firms 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura K. C. Seibold
    • 1
  • Maximilian Lantelme
    • 2
  • Hermut Kormann
    • 1
  1. 1.Zeppelin UniversityFriedrichshafenGermany
  2. 2.Accenture StrategyMunichGermany

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