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Who prefers working in family firms? An exploratory study of individuals’ organizational preferences across 40 countries
Block, Jörn []
Fisch, Christian mailto []
Lau, James []
Obschonka, Martin []
Presse, André []
Journal of Family Business Strategy
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[en] Family firms ; occupational choice ; cross-country study ; organizational preference ; employer branding
[en] Employees can work in family or in non-family firms. Using a sample of more than 12,000 individuals in 40 countries, we investigate this particular occupational choice decision by exploring individual preferences to work in family firms. Our results show that socio-demographic, occupation-related, and entrepreneurship-related variables influence the preference to work in family firms. For example, a preference to work in family firms correlates positively with being female, a positive opinion on entrepreneurs, and self-employment intention, while it correlates negatively with length of full-time education, living in an urban area, being a manager, and entrepreneurship education. Our results help family firms with regard to recruiting of non-family employees and employer branding.

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