Validation of a Measuring Instrument for the Relationship between Knowledge Transfer and Entrepreneurial Orientation in Family Firms


  • Ascension Barroso Martinez Universidad de Extremadura
  • Tomas M. Banegil Palacios Universidad de Extremadura
  • Ramon Sanguino Galvan Universidad de Extremadura


Family businesses are created due to the entrepreneurial behavior of one or more founders, who find and exploit one opportunity. It is necessary that this Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO) is transmitted to the next generation. We argue that knowledge management within the family business is positively related to entrepreneurial orientation and, therefore, related to firm performance. A scale for measuring the knowledge transfer has been defined in order to determine the degree of relationship between the above elements. The measuring instrument is original because previous measuring scales do not exist in the literature which measure, on the one hand, the subconstructs that might lead knowledge transfer and, on the other hand, the relationship between this and the other variables. As a result of causal relationship analysis, it concludes with a scale, with a sample of Spanish family firms, and it is the first empirical validation of these dimensions we know so far.


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Ascensión Barroso Martínez, PhD has attended the best family business conferences and she has published articles in indexed journals. His doctoral thesis entitled "The importance of the knowledge management in the entrepreneurial orientation in family firms". She current teaches Quality Management, Business Economics.

Tomás M. Bañegil Palacios, PhD has over 25 years teaching undergraduate and postgraduate in different European universities, as well as Brazil Argentina, and Ecuador. He has published some articles in very prestigious journals. He's currently Director of the Department of Business Administration. Finally, he has directed more than 10 doctoral theses.

Ramón Sanguino Galván, PhD has more than 12 years teaching undergraduate and postgraduate in different European universities, as well as in Brazil and Columbia. He has published some articles in very prestigious journals. His research interests are related to Knowledge Management, City competitiveness, Entrepreneurship, and Family Business.




How to Cite

Martinez, A. B., Palacios, T. M. B., & Galvan, R. S. (2013). Validation of a Measuring Instrument for the Relationship between Knowledge Transfer and Entrepreneurial Orientation in Family Firms. Journal of Small Business Strategy (archive Only), 23(2), 1–14. Retrieved from