Internal market orientation and work-family balance in family businesses


  • Jose Ruizalba Robledo University of West London, United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Anabela Soares Plymouth University, United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • María Vallespín Arán Departamento de Economía y Administración de Empresas. Universidad de Málaga Spain
  • José Luis González Porras Departamento de Economía y Administración de Empresas. Universidad de Málaga Spain



Work-family balance, Commitment, Internal market orientation, Job satisfaction, Family business


This research paper aims at investigating the importance of work–family balance (WFB) on family businesses from Andalusia (Spain) and its impact on job satisfaction and employees’ commitment. The research objectives are twofold: (1) to classify companies based on the level of WFB implementation; (2) to investigate the differences between groups of companies in relation to job satisfaction, commitment, firm size and generation. In order to achieve these objectives an empirical study was conducted with a sample of 219 family businesses. The data collected using self-completion questionnaires were analyzed using cluster analysis and Manova. Main findings show a diffusion of WFB and broad implementation in this context. Thus, WFB has a positive impact on job satisfaction and on employees’ commitment. These findings contribute to the literature and practice highlighting the role of managers in the implementation of WFB and its subsequent positive return related to its impact on employees and society.


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How to Cite

Ruizalba Robledo, J., Soares, A., Vallespín Arán, M., & González Porras, J. L. (2016). Internal market orientation and work-family balance in family businesses. European Journal of Family Business, 6(1).



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