1st Edition

Family Business and Regional Development

Edited By Rodrigo Basco, Roger Stough, Lech Suwala Copyright 2021
    300 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    300 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the relationship between families, firms, and regions and the extent to which these relationships contribute to regional economic and social development.

    Although family business participation in economic activities has been a common phenomenon since pre-industrial societies, and its importance has evolved throughout time and across spatial contexts, the book suggests that these factors have often been neglected in family business and regional studies. Taking this research gap into account, the book aims to deepen our understanding of the role family firms play in the regional economy. In particular, it explores two seldom studied questions. Firstly, what role do family firms play in regional development? Secondly, how do different spatial regional contexts shape family firm operations and performance?

    Family Business and Regional Development presents a model of "spatial familiness" and uses themes such as productivity, networks and competitiveness to shed new light on family businesses. Moreover, it approaches the juxtaposition between family business and regional studies to encourage the cross-fertilisation of ideas, theories, and research methods between the two fields.

    Bringing together leading experts in entrepreneurship, regional economics, and economic geography, this book will be a valuable reading for advanced students, researchers and policymakers interested in family firms, regional studies and economic geography.


    Rodrigo Basco, Roger Stough and Lech Suwala


    1. Spatial Familiness and Family Spatialities—Searching for Fertile Ground between Family Business Studies and Regional Studies

    Rodrigo Basco and Lech Suwala


    2. A Regional Perspective of Family Firms: Evidence from Europe

    Rodrigo Basco and Fernanda Ricotta


    3. Family-Managed Firms and Productivity: Evidence from Urban Areas

    Rodrigo Basco, Stefano Amato, Silvia Gómez-Ansón and Andrea Calabrò


    4. Family Co-occurrence and Firm Productivity

    Evans Korang Adjei and Rikard Eriksson


    5. Developing Digital Innovation in Family Firms: Evidence from Italian Industrial Districts

    Stefano Amato, Alessia Patuelli and Nicola Lattanzi


    6. Family Firms and their Regional Ties: A Bond Made for Future?

    Regina Lenz


    7. Urbanization Economies, Proximity Dimensions and Productivity: A Family Firm Perspective

    Stefano Amato, Mikaela Backman and Juhana Peltonen


    8. Family Firms and Corporate Responsibility in Peripheral Regions

    Martin Graffenberger and Franziska Görmar


    9. Comparing Family and Non-Family Firms’ Strategic Effects on Regional Development Evidence from Kenya

    Murithi William and Woldesenbet Beta Kassa


    10. Family Firms and Regional Entrepreneurship: The European Evidence

    Riccardo Cappelli, Marco Cucculelli and Valentina Peruzzi


    11. Family Firms and Regional Development: Evidence from China

    Xinrui Zhang, Junsheng Dou and Hanqing "Chevy" Fang


    12. Family Firms and Corporate Spatial Responsibilities in Germany – Implication on Urban and Regional Planning and Management

    Hans-Hermann Albers and Lech Suwala


    13. Place-Based Approach and Family Firms: The Tatula Programme in Lithuania

    Rodrigo Basco and Inga Bartkevičiūtė


    Rodrigo Basco is Associate Professor and Sheikh Saoud bin Khalid bin Khalid Al-Qassimi Chair in Family Business at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

    Roger Stough was the Northern Virginia Endowed Chair and Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, USA.

    Lech Suwala is Professor of Urban and Regional Economics at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.