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As old as history: Family-controlled business groups in transport services: the case of SEUR

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San Román López, Elena and Fernández Pérez, Paloma and Gil López, Agueda (2014) As old as history: Family-controlled business groups in transport services: the case of SEUR. Business History, 56 (8). pp. 1201-1222. ISSN 1743-7938

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2013.851523



Abstract

This article presents empirical evidence about the contribution of family-controlled business groups as highly efficient alternatives to the large vertically integrated and professionally managed corporation in specific institutional and market environments. This hypothesis is tested with a single case study, SEUR, in the Spanish transport services sector. SEUR is one of the most prominent Spanish courier companies. It was founded during Franco’s dictatorship, expanded in democratic times, and imaginatively adapted to the financial challenges of the late globalisation at the end of the twentieth century, while maintaining the traditional values based on personal trust and family ties.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Family business; Business groups; Network business groups; Express transport; Spanish business history.
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > Business enterprises
ID Code:59558
Deposited On:17 Mar 2020 13:23
Last Modified:18 Mar 2020 07:53

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