This book explores the relationship between families, firms, and regions and the extent to which these relationships contribute to regional economic and social development.

Although family business participation in economic activities has been a common phenomenon since pre-industrial societies, and its importance has evolved throughout time and across spatial contexts, the book suggests that these factors have often been neglected in family business and regional studies. Taking this research gap into account, the book aims to deepen our understanding of the role family firms play in the regional economy. In particular, it explores two seldom studied questions. Firstly, what role do family firms play in regional development? Secondly, how do different spatial regional contexts shape family firm operations and performance?

Family Business and Regional Development presents a model of "spatial familiness" and uses themes such as productivity, networks and competitiveness to shed new light on family businesses. Moreover, it approaches the juxtaposition between family business and regional studies to encourage the cross-fertilisation of ideas, theories, and research methods between the two fields.

Bringing together leading experts in entrepreneurship, regional economics, and economic geography, this book will be a valuable reading for advanced students, researchers and policymakers interested in family firms, regional studies and economic geography.

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part I|57 pages

Family business and regions

part II|59 pages

Micro-foundation channels

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chapter 5|19 pages

Developing digital innovation in family firms

Evidence from Italian industrial districts
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part III|52 pages

Meso-Foundation channels

chapter 6|15 pages

Family firms and their regional ties

A bond made for the future?
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chapter 7|17 pages

Are family firms more locally embedded than non-family firms?

Findings from the finnish context
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part IV|60 pages

Evidence around the world

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chapter 11|25 pages

Family firms and regional development

Evidence from China
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part V|37 pages

A policymaker perspective

chapter 12|19 pages

Family firms and corporate spatial responsibilities in Germany

Implication for urban and regional planning and management
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chapter 13|16 pages

Place-based approach and family firms

The Tatula Programme in Lithuania
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