Yanqing Lai is a Research Assistant in Leadership/HRM in Edinburgh Napier Business School. She received her PhD in Business Management from Kingston University London in 2016, MSc in Accounting and Finance from University of Manchester (2009-2010), and BA (Hons) in International Business Management from University of Nottingham (2005-2009). Her primary research interests include strategic human resource management, subjective employee well-beings, and strategy and growth in entrepreneurial SMEs. Her work has been published in in top-tier business and management journals, including Journal of Business Venturing, International Small Business Management, and Human Resource Management Review.
Actual and intended growth in family firms and non-family owned firms: Are they different? Research Paper No 60
Published: 13 July 2017
This article uses the first wave of Longitudinal Small Business Survey (SBS, 2015), and investigates the role of owner-management structure in affecting the growth behaviours of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. Specifically, the study compares the growth propensities among family firms managed by the family member(s) only, family firms managed by externally sourced manager(s), and non-family-owned small firms. Based on the change-in-amount perspective (Penrose, 1951), growth is measured using three different indicators, including growth in employment size, growth in turnover, and growth in sales.