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Rony Nakhlé

DBA Graduate - 2009

Thesis title

L'entreprenariat familial au Liban: Un moteur ou un frein de la croissance?


Jean-Jacques Chanaron-Externe
The family company is the oldest and most widespread form of organization in the world. While this topic has captured the attention of researchers, consultants and media in the developed world, it has seldom been studied in developing countries, and particularly in Lebanon where this form of entrepreneurship is widespread. As the head of a Lebanese university founded and managed by a family, the author decided to carry out research on the specificities of such a form of entrepreneurship. The objective of this research is to analyze what makes the family company specific from creation to succession. In his research, the author studies the cases of three universities in Lebanon: two founded and directed by a family network, and the other directed by unrelated people. The author uses a qualitative methodology - the observation of the field of research - to study an independent variable (a family structure or not) and three dependent variables (strategic, organizational and financial). For each dependent variable, a number of assumptions were formulated and tested. The specificity of family company strategy is analyzed and commented upon within the framework of company governance and agency theory, as well as the economic significance of family entrepreneurship