Goal orientation and its relationship to the business family, and family business performance, within the UK’s family owned and managed mid-sized businesses

  • Susan Lanz

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (by Research)


Mid-Sized Businesses (MSBs) are defined by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as having a sales turnover of between £25 million and £500 million. A key gap in family firm/business research and literature to date is, understanding the role and importance of non-financial objectives (such as family harmony, tradition and business longevity), and the role the family plays in creating a wide set of business performance objectives (both financial and non-financial) in these businesses.
This dissertation contributes to filling this knowledge gap by drawing on Family Systems Theory applied in a business context, and within an overarching Resource Based View (RBV) of the firm.
Date of Award24 Sept 2015
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorMark Hart (Supervisor), Michael K Anyadike-Danes (Supervisor) & Tomasz Mickiewicz (Supervisor)


  • family business
  • family systems theory
  • family centred goals
  • socioemotional wealth
  • familiness

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