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By complementing agency theory with behavioral assumptions, we explore the effects of family involvement on SMEs' performance. We identify three separate dimensions of family involvement and hypothesize non-linear, direct and interaction effects on the performance of an SME. The evidence on 787 SMEs suggests that an inverted U-shaped relationship exists between family ownership and performance, and ownership dispersion among family members negatively affects performance. Balancing family anddoi:10.1111/jsbm.12093 fatcat:7rzc2qagcjh7dkpmi5bw2zda3e