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Performance and Productivity

Firm ownership and productivity: a study of family and non-family SMEs(2011) Journal of Small Business Economics.
Francesco Barbera & Ken Moores

The objective of this paper is to reveal whether family firms are more or less productive than non-family firms. We provide empirical evidence that family labour and capital indeed yield iverse output contributions compared with their non-family counterparts. In particular, family labour output contributions are significantly higher, and family capital output contributions significantly lower. Interestingly, differences in total factor productivity between family and non-family firms disappear when we allow for heterogeneous output contributions of family production inputs. These findings imply that the assumption of homogeneous labour and capital between family and non-family firms is inappropriate when estimating the production function

A ten year investigation of strategy, systems and environment upon innovation in family firms. (2006) Family Business Review, 19(1), 1-10.
Craig, J. B., Cassar, G., & Moores, Ken

This article studies innovation in family firms.. The research addresses the idea of shifting leadership, different mechanisms of facilitating communication, and the importance to the firm of technical progress, linking each to innovation. Shifting leadership is addressed through the longitudinal design. Communication mechanisms are monitored through (i) scope of information and (2) timeliness of information. Technical progress is included in an environmental uncertainty factor techno-economic uncertainty. The findings suggest that linkages between established family firms and innovation may be substantially stronger than currently assumed by many.

* This paper registered as the sixth most downloaded paper on Blackwell Synergy - Family Business Review in 2007