By all accounts, family owned businesses comprise a
major proportion of all businesses worldwide. Family
businesses range in size from sole proprietorships
to the largest and most successful businesses in the
world, including retailing giant Wal-Mart. This
research explores the influence that family members
have on many aspects of the business organization,
from the labor force to the Board of Directors.
This study empirically tests the validity of the F-
PEC scale developed by Astrachan, Klein and Smyrnios
(2002) and, using structural equation modeling,
concludes family experience and culture have a
statistically significant, positive relationship
with satisfaction with financial performance in
family business. The results have far reaching
implications due to the magnitude of family business
organizations within the worldwide economy and
society. Building on marriage and family counseling
literature, this reseach takes the reader into the
heated debate on whether it is "good or bad" to have
family members involved in the business.
Jackie Alexander DiPofi, Ph.D.,is Director of the Small Business
Development Center at Auburn University, Alabama, USA. She
earned a Bachelors’ degree (1979) and a Masters in Business
Administration (1988) from The University of Alabama and a Ph.D.
in Management (2003) from Auburn University. She created the
RAMPS Plan to Marketing Success©.