Family Businesses and the Polish Economy – Opportunities and Challenges (EN)
Autor: Anna Kowalewska, Jacek Szut, Barbara Lewandowska, Małgorzata Kwiatkowska, Łukasz Sułkowski, Andrzej Marjański, Tomasz Krynicki

The discussion on the issue of family businesses has been taken on for a relatively short time. For many decades, family influence on the performance of a company was not the subject of scientific and political discussions and was not considered to be essential in running a company. The situation began to change at the turn of 1970s and 1980s. Since then, family businesses have been successfully included in the scientific and political discussions‟ mainstream both in Europe and globall y. In recent years a similar trend has also been observed in Poland.

So far no broad-scale research on family businesses has been conducted in Poland – either for the commercial or public sector. Therefore, there was no reliable information on the number and structure of these companies and their contribution to the Polish economy.

The project in question was the first venture of thi s kind implemented on such a broad and spectacular scale. The main objective of this project was:  to provide information about the n eeds and problems faced by family businesses in order to develop training and consulting services for family businesses.

Moreover, the project aimed at:   filling the information gap, especially by providing reliable data on the share of family businesses in the MSME sector and their description as compared to non-family businesses (internal structure, training needs, training participation rate, role in the economy).

Detailed research problems included:
a) description of family businesses in Poland;
b) segmentation of family enterprises and identification of its main criteria;
c) identification and assessment of the need for training and consulting support among family businesses;
d) defining the organisation of the support programme for family businesses.


Spis treści

1 CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
1.1 Context of the study
1.2 Objectives of the study
2 METHODOLOGY
2.1 The outline of study concept
2.2 The study population
2.3 Concise description of research methodology
3 SUMMARY
3.1 Main conclusions of the survey of family businesses
3.2 Family businesses and the level of employment
4 RECOMMENDATIONS
4.1 General trends in supporting family businesses
4.2 Training and consulting support programme
5 DEFINITION OF A FAMILY BUSINESS
5.1 The debate on the notion of family business
5.2 Polish definitions
5.3 Preliminary definition of a family business
5.4 The share of family businesses in the total number of businesses according to particular definition criteria
6 FAMILY BUSINESSES IN POLISH ECONOMY
6.1 The share of family businesses in the total number of business entities according to an established definition
6.2 Share of family businesses in the GDP
6.3 Share of family businesses in the employment structure
6.4 “Demography” of family enterprises
7 FEATURES OF FAMILY BUSINESSES
7.1 The awareness of family nature of the enterprise
7.1.1 The identity of family businesses
7.1.2 The auto-picture of family enterprises
7.1.3 Exposing the family aspect
7.2 Sources of family entrepreneurship
7.3 Specifics of family businesses
7.3.1 Positive consequences of the family aspect
7.3.2 Negative consequences of the family aspect
7.4 Ownership and management in family enterprises
7.4.1 Ownership structure in family enterprises
7.4.2 Presence of family in the enterprise, inter-generationality
7.4.3 Number of family members affected by the enterprise
7.4.4 Impact of generations on decision-making process in the enterprise
7.4.5 Impact of the family on different management areas
7.4.6 Organisational structure of family enterprises
7.4.7 Strategies of family enterprises
7.5 Human resources management in family enterprises
7.6 Succession in a family enterprise
7.6.1 Succession plans
7.6.2 Potential successors
7.7 The role of women in family enterprises
7.8 Segmentation of family enterprises
8 COUNSELLING AND TRAININGS FOR FAMILY BUSINESSES
8.1 Using training and counselling services
8.2 Reasons of not using trainings
8.3 Needs of family businesses concerning training and counselling
8.3.1 Problems of companies from the MSME sector
8.3.2 Problems of family businesses
8.3.2.1 Problem areas managers are aware of
8.3.2.2 Problem areas managers are not aware of
8.4 Interest in training and counselling services oriented at family enterprises
8.5 Preference towards the method of organising training and counselling services oriented at family enterprises
8.6 Sources of knowledge about the training and counselling

Rok wydania: 2009ISBN: Rodzaj: Report
Wydawca: Polish Agency for Enterprise Development Tematyka: Human Capital
Data publikacji: 31.12.2009 16:32Data wytworzenia: 31.12.2009 16:32Data modyfikacji: 08.03.2017 16:59
Modyfikujący: Paweł SkoweraUdostępniający: Paweł SkoweraAutor dokumentu: Paweł Skowera