Family-run firms are more recession-proof, researchers say

04/21/2012 | Strategy+Business online (free registration)

The financial crisis hit family-owned and -operated firms less hard than nonfamily firms, research shows. Firms with founders still on board outperformed nonfamily firms by an average of 2% over five years, and in certain years by as much as 18%, researchers found. That might be because family-firm leaders are more secure in their positions and can afford to take a more measured approach during a crisis.

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