Tilburg Institute for Family Business

TiFB is a multidisciplinary institute and focuses on the dynamics of family firms with a strong interaction between theory and practice. The activities are separated in teaching, research and executive training.

 Tilburg Institute for Family Business

Research Tilburg Institute for Family Business (TIFB)

Dynamics of family business

TiFB is a multidisciplinary institute and focuses on the dynamics of family business. The multidisciplinary nature is expressed in the cooperation between researchers from economics and management, law and social sciences.

TiFB focuses on the succession, governance, strategic management, human resources and fiscal aspects of the family business and contributes the development of knowledge about the family business.

Scientific publications

Other publications


Pjotr Anthoni

Right to Privacy in EU and Dutch Legislation

The right to privacy is a fundamentally important right for private individuals in general and for entrepreneurs in particular. Family Business owners form an important and substantial group of entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. Approximately 70% of all businesses is a family business, they are responsible for around 50% of the GNP of the Netherlands and employ more than 50% of all Dutch employees. To enable this vital position, the privacy of the entrepreneurs and their family involved is of great importance. Recent legislation on e.g. the UBO register (emanating from the fourth EU Anti Money Laundering Directive) gives rise to doubt whether the right to privacy is properly taken into account and whether this leads to a balance between transparency and privacy. This research attempts to establish an improved and more comprehensive framework to test new EU and Dutch legislation against the right to privacy.

Almer de Beer

Leaning towards standard business succession facilities?

Because of its great importance for the economy and the employment, the issue of ‘business succession' is high on the agenda, both at domestic and at European level. The principle is that the government shall hinder the transfer of a business as little as possible. Within the European Union this has led to a broad spectrum of business succession facilities from a tax point of view. However, there is no European approach. Tax business succession policy is still reserved for the Member States themselves. Consequently, there is great disparity between the business succession facilities within the European Union.  These differences are partly attributable to the fact that the Member States do not clearly define the fundamental idea of ‘business succession’.

Lack of uniformity also occurs purely at national level. Thus, for example, the Dutch tax legislation provides for the necessary business succession facilities, but due to a different definition of the idea of ‘business succession', there may also be a diversity of the terms per facility.

This study analyses the idea of ‘business succession’ and seeks to define and limit this idea. Ultimately, the objective is to make proposals for improvement and standardisation of the Dutch tax business succession facilities, also in the context of the European Union.

Joyce Kox

Exploring the impact of the family on the business

The main element that distinguishes the family business from other types of business, is the involvement of the family. The family and business system overlap, creating a unique, but complex environment. Consequently, organizational outcomes are a function of the business and the family. However, little is known about how the family and the business system interact and influence one another. Scholars often treat family business as homogenous entities, causing conflicting results. In reality, family business differ on various different aspects from one another, such as, goals or firm size. The family itself can also be a cause of the heterogeneity, as families differ from one another on various aspects like, cohesion or flexibility. Through the involvement of the family, aspects of the family background are able to influence a firm’s strategy and organizational outcomes. Nevertheless, it is a relatively unexplored area in family business research. In short, this research focuses upon the intersection between the family and the business. More specifically, the aim of the dissertation is to get more grip on the heterogeneity among family firms caused by the family system and the impact of these characteristics on the business system.

Casper de Nooijer

Performance drivers of Dutch family businesses

Family businesses are important for the Dutch economy. Approximately 70% of all businesses is a family business, they are responsible for more than 50% of the total employment, and represent c. 50% of the GNP of the Netherlands. One of the main aspects of family businesses is the focus on sustainability and survival rather than financial performance. This research project attempts to explain the causal relationship between family-ownership and the social and financial performance of the businesses. The research is focusing on both smaller and larger family businesses and is funded by the Tilburg Institute for Family Business (TiFB).