Title: Innovation in small family firms: A qualitative multipla case study
Authors: Urban, Jan
Caha, Zdeněk
Citation: Trendy v podnikání = Business trends : vědecký časopis Fakulty ekonomické ZČU v Plzni. 2020, roč. 10, č. 4, s. 20-28.
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Západočeská univerzita v Plzni
Document type: article
článek
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11025/42452
ISSN: 1805-0603
Keywords: malý podnik;rodinné firmy;typy inovací;přístup k inovacím
Keywords in different language: small business;family firms;types of innovations;approach to innovation
Abstract in different language: Family firms, accounting globally for the majority of companies, are the backbone of many national and local economies. Despite their importance as both employers and producers/service providers, research on these firms, analyzing their innovative behavior or comparing it with other forms of companies, has often been describing them as more conservative and less risk-raking, generating thus less innovation compared with other types of businesses. The goal of this study was to analyze the scope innovative activities in family owned companies on the basis of an empirical qualitative survey, founded on descriptive multiple-case study analysis of fifteen small, locally operating family owned firms in retail and service-industry, which have successfully survived 5 or more years in business. It used semi structured interviews with family owners and focused on identifying their attitudes to innovation as well as their skills to apply innovations of various types, important for their market competitiveness. The results of the survey, contrary to some earlier findings pointing to family firms ́ conservativeness, showed that these firms, due to their specific organizational culture, rely on innovations substantially, though the main focus of their innovations tends to be on product/technological changes as well as innovations in clients ́ relations.
Rights: © Západočeská univerzita v Plzni
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