Quotation Weismeier-Sammer, Daniela, Frank, Hermann, Keßler, Alexander, Rusch, Thomas, Süss-Reyes, Julia. 2015. Capturing the familiness of family businesses: The development of a multidimensional scale. In IFERA Hamburg 2015, Hrsg. International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), 53-53. Hamburg: None.




This article develops a familiness scale measuring the actual family influence on the business. In three studies, we examine familiness with qualitative and quantitative approaches based on new systems theory. Narrative interviews are employed to generate items. A pre-test based on exploratory and a validation study based on confirmatory factor analysis led to a scale comprising six dimensions with 20 items: (1) ownership, management and control, (2) proficiency level of active family members, (3) sharing of information between active family members, (4) transgenerational orientation, (5) family-employee bond, and (6) family business identity. Results indicate high reliability and validity levels.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Contribution to conference proceedings
Language English
Title Capturing the familiness of family businesses: The development of a multidimensional scale
Title of whole publication IFERA Hamburg 2015
Editor International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA)
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Page to 53
Location Hamburg
Year 2015
URL http://ifera2015.ifera.org/


Familiness in family businesses
Weismeier-Sammer, Daniela (Former researcher)
Frank, Hermann (Details)
Keßler, Alexander (Details)
Rusch, Thomas (Details)
Süss-Reyes, Julia (Former researcher)
Institute for Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship IN (Details)
Department of Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Research Institute for Family Business FI (Details)
Competence Center for Empirical Research Methods WE (Details)
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