Social capital drives SME growth: A study of family firms in Poland. By: Marjański, Andrzej; Sułkowski, Łukasz; Marjańska-Potakowska, Justyna; Staniszewska, Katarzyna; Hoon, Christina; Hack, Andreas; Kellermanns, Franz W. German Journal of Human Resource Management / Zeitschrift für Personalforschung. Aug2019, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p280-304. 25p.

Poland’s successful political, economic, and social transformation since the 1990s has seen the dynamic development of family enterprises. Most of them are in the small- and medium-sized enterprises sector and have become an important part of the Polish economy. What drives these family firms is not necessarily physical or even financial capital, but continuous human or social capital. We analyze how family businesses are based on the interdependence of family ownership and business with the social capital of the family. This article reflects on how the government, in encouraging small- and medium-sized enterprise development in an economy with traditionally low social capital, can benefit from the example of high social capital found in family firms. The article contains the interpretation of the results of research conducted in 2009–2010 and 2014–2016.