Factors Associated with Long-Term Survival of Family Businesses: Duration Analysis

Kathryn Stafford, Vibha Bhargava, Sharon M. Danes, George Haynes, Katherine E. Brewton

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This study identified factors influencing family business survival using National Family Business Panel and Spatial Hazard Events and Losses data. Sustainable Family Business Theory guided the use of a parametric duration model of long-term survival. Community characteristics, family achievements, family processes during change, business and owner characteristics, and business processes during stability affected long-term survival. Economic vulnerability of rural counties, family income from business, hiring temporary help, business size, viewing business as a way of life, and owner experience were associated with increased duration of business survival. Being home-based, a female owner, and customer-focused were associated with decreased duration of survival. Some family processes and achievements increased the duration of business survival; none decreased it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)442-457
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010


  • Business owning family
  • Disaster resiliency
  • Duration analysis
  • Family business
  • Family business survival
  • Family business sustainability
  • Family firm

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