Family, Family Firm, and Strategy: Six Dutch Family Firms in the Food Industry 1880-1970
The family firm is the predominant form of private business in industrial capitalism. This study analyzes the entrepreneurial strategies of six Dutch family firms in the period from 1880 to 1970. The in-depth case studies reconstruct the succession strategies and the strategies in the capital and labor markets, as well as the strategies regarding marketing and the supply of raw materials. The study includes a profound comparison between the six individual cases and a comparison between two clusters of family firms and their social networks.
Arnoldus' work contributes to the study of family firms, the business history of Jewish entrepreneurs, and the historiography of the Zaanstreek, the old windmill region in the Netherlands that experienced a new industrialization in the late nineteenth century.
Doreen Arnoldus is a historian affiliated with the Free University of Amsterdam.
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