The Strategies of the Spanish cotton textile companies before the Civil War: the road to longevity
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AuthorshipFernández-Roca, Fco. Javier
Palabras clavefamily firms
This study, based on family business theories, offers an innovative vision of the Spanish cotton industry. It proves that Spanish cotton companies, just like their European counterparts, implemented a strategy that was consistent with their nature as family businesses and went beyond the economic-institutional frames within which they developed. The article identifies this strategy as `conservative, because its main objectives were longevity and family control and because it was based on a high percentage of own resources, low levels of indebtedness and organic growth, thus sacrificing profitability for the sake of security.