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Understanding and use of sustainable performance measures in small and medium firms : the impact of family involvement

Abstract : From a corporate sustainability performance lens, the purpose of this thesis is to investigate the implications of family involvement in the understanding and use of sustainable performance measures in SMEs with an emphasis in Portuguese family firms. First, a bibliometric study has been used to map the relevant knowledge network on sustainability performance measures and measurement field, retrieving 1271 articles from 1987 to 2015. Second, a bibliometric and abstract lexical analysis were used on 63 SMEs. Corporate sustainability performance studies showed specificities of core theoretical knowledge and the greater operational SMEs focus. Third, using matched paired methodology and multivariate approach, we focus 65 Portuguese SMEs from 2012 and 2016. The main findings show a consistent pattern that corporate family involvement influence financial performance but have a mixed effect on environmental and social performance. It was also be provide evidence of positive link between social and financial performance. Fourth, a case study of a sustainable oriented family owned SME shows that a restricted socioemotional view is dominant in top managers discourses and in their managerial actions, privileging primary stakeholders engagement. Finally, it was provided evidence of positive link between environmental and financial performance in a dual managed context.
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Pedro Mamede. Understanding and use of sustainable performance measures in small and medium firms : the impact of family involvement. Business administration. Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - Paris I, 2019. English. ⟨NNT : 2019PA01E043⟩. ⟨tel-02614256⟩



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