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.

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The family business survey of Tilburg Institute for Family Business (TiFB) is a quantitative research project examining the performance drivers of Dutch family businesses. The research project is targeting more than 15.000 family business in the Netherlands. The approach of the project is unique, since this research is focusing on both smaller and large companies while most prior research have been focusing on only large (listed) firms.

Performance drivers of family businesses

Family business are being perceived as an important factor in the Dutch economy. They are responsible for more than 50% of the total employment in the Netherlands. One of the main aspects of family businesses is the focus on resilience and survival rather than performance. These and other unique aspects of family businesses are rooted in the overlap between family, business and ownership. This family business system could be described by the three-factor model developed by Tagiuri & Davis (1982).

This research project focusses on the effects of characteristics of the family business system on the social and financial performance of the businesses.

In the spring semester of 2017, Arenda Perbal, Koen Aarns, Laura Hanegraaf, Nick Castelijns and Vincent Nuijts from the BSc Business Economics and International Business Administration have written their thesis in the area of family firms.

Arenda Perbal
Koen Aarns
Laura Hanegraaf
Nick Castelijns
Vincent Nuijts