Composition of familiness: Perspectives of social capital and open systems

  • Myriam Cano-Rubio Business Management Department, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Jaén, Campus de las Lagunillas, 23071 Jaén, Spain
  • Guadalupe Fuentes-Lombardo Fuentes-Lombardo Business Management Department, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Jaén, Campus de las Lagunillas, 23071 Jaén, Spain
  • María Jesús Hernández-Ortiz Business Management Department, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Jaén, Campus de las Lagunillas, 23071 Jaén, Spain
  • Manuel Carlos Vallejo-Martos Business Management Department, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Jaén, Campus de las Lagunillas, 23071 Jaén, Spain
Keywords: Familiness, Empresa familiar, Capital social, Capital familiar, Capital social emocional, Capital social puente


The literature has usually omitted family factors from the development of strategic models of family firms. These businesses have instead been analysed using traditional models and this has led to divergent results about their performance. This paper considers the overlap of family, business, and individuals in producing the concept of familiness – whose composition is approached from the perspective of social capital and open systems. This approach bridges the research gap regarding the composition of familiness (which has been traditionally measured as an indicator of the implication of the family in the business) and the component and essence approaches to family business are compared.


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How to Cite
Cano-Rubio, M., Fuentes-Lombardo, G. F.-L., Hernández-Ortiz, M. J., & Vallejo-Martos, M. C. (2016). Composition of familiness: Perspectives of social capital and open systems. European Journal of Family Business, 6(2).
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