Organizational culture and family business: A configurational approach

  • Gregorio Sánchez Marín
  • Antonio José Carrasco Hernández Department of Management and Finance, University of Murcia, Spain
  • Ignacio Danvila del Valle Department of Business Organization, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
  • Miguel Ángel Sastre Castillo Department of Business Organization, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Keywords: Family firm, Organizational culture, Configurational approach, Family involvement, Organizational cultural assessment instrument (OCAI)


This paper adopts a configurational approach to explore the degree of matching among typologies of organizational culture and categories of family firm. Based on a sample of 491 Spanish firms with diverse levels of family involvement and using the organizational cultural assessment instrument (OCAI), results show that family owned and managed firms and professionally managed family are characterized by a clan culture typology while market and hierarchy cultures are more relevant in non-family firms. Potential determinants and consequences of these matches are explained and discussed.

Author Biography

Gregorio Sánchez Marín
Department of Management and Finance, University of Murcia, Spain


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How to Cite
Sánchez Marín, G., Carrasco Hernández, A. J., Danvila del Valle, I., & Sastre Castillo, M. Ángel. (2017). Organizational culture and family business: A configurational approach. European Journal of Family Business, 6(2).
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