Mapping work-related stress and health in the context of the family firm

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The family firm organizational form is an important element of even the most modern industrial landscape. The implications of family ownership and management of business enterprises for health and safety at work remain, perhaps surprisingly, unexplored. This study presents and illustrates several key organizational health and safety factors that are likely to be influenced by the family firm form. Special dangers include heightened risk of accident and poor physiological health. Special benefits are found to be higher task control, social support, evolutionary fitness and a richer accumulation of experiences. Additional research is recommended for this relatively unexplored area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-38
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011


  • family businesses
  • organizational health and safety
  • SMEs
  • stress


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