Center for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (CenSE) - Odisee
Center for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (CenSE) - Odisee

Family business barometer

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CenSE researchers: Johan Lambrecht, Wouter Broekaert

Duration: January 2017 - December 2017 & September 2018 - September 2019

Financing: Bank Degroof Petercam

Partners: Degroof Petercam 



The family business barometer gauges the economic expectations of family businesses in Belgium. In the project, the researchers investigated what the Belgian business landscape looks like and what opportunities and challenges Belgian entrepreneurs see for the near future. The Family Businesses Barometer shows the state of family businesses in Flanders in a scientifically substantiated manner. The answers of family businesses and non-family businesses are discussed in that barometer. The following themes were included:

  • Condition of the company: regarding employment, investment, finance
  • Prospects and plans: regarding employment, investments, international activities, acquisitions
  • Challenges/difficulties: now and in the future
  • Evaluation of socioeconomic climate
  • Evaluation of policy measures

The Family Business Barometer is based on a questionnaire with a representative sample of hundreds of family and non-family businesses. Literature and interviews were used for the questions. In this way, the quality of the quantity was guaranteed.

The aim is to survey the same companies every year. In this way they can be followed individually over time and their evolution can be measured.
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