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Servitisation and technological complexity in family and non-family firms: European evidence

: Marques, Pilar; Bikfalvi, Andrea; Simon, Alexandra; Llach, Josep; Lerch, Christian


European journal of international management : EJIM 9 (2015), No.2, pp.221-239
ISSN: 1751-6757
ISSN: 1751-6765
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ISI ()
Family business; family firm; service; servitisation; SEW; socio-emotional wealth; manufacturing industry; Europe; technological complexity; non-family firm; family ownership

Servitisation is an emerging topic in practice and in the academy. In this paper, we address the influence of family ownership on servitisation strategy, using data collected through the European manufacturing survey, an international large-scale survey on trends in manufacturing. We approach our hypotheses through the lens of the Socio-Emotional Wealth (SEW), considering the characteristics of family firms and the rationales for servitisation. This paper provides evidence of the important role of technological factors in understanding the particular behaviour of family firms and provides empirical support for the rationales behind the SEW approach.