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The survival of family-firm spawns
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO).
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO).
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We analyze whether entrepreneurial spawns from family firms are more likely to survive than spawns from non-family firms. Using a matched employer employee panel data set, we find that entrepreneurial spawns from family firms survive longer than spawns from non-family firms. To mitigate endogeneity concerns, we used a two-stage model for self-selection into spawning and implemented coarsened exact matching to compare more closely aligned treatment (family parent) and control (non-family parent) samples. We further show that entrepreneurial spawns from family firms survive longer when located closer to the parent firm and when the founder had longer tenure at the parent firm.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31930OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-31930DiVA: diva2:1033274
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An earlier version of this paper has been presented at the Strategic Management Society (SMS) Annual Meeting in Madrid (Spain) in 2014 under the title ‘Back to the roots: Inherited ownership effects and spawns’ performance’ with Mattias Nordqvist.

Available from: 2016-10-06 Created: 2016-10-06 Last updated: 2016-10-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Founding conditions and the survival of new firms: An imprinting perspective on founders, organizational members and external environments
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Founding conditions and the survival of new firms: An imprinting perspective on founders, organizational members and external environments
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New firms are important sources of new employment, economic growth and innovation. Yet, a large portion of them do not manage to survive their first years of existence. This is often linked to their initial lack of capabilities, resources, routines and legitimacy. Certain favorable conditions at founding may allow new firms to partially overcome these initial shortcomings, and help them survive. For instance, organizational members’ prior experience may provide knowledge and skills to the new firm. However, it may also act as a constraint. It can lead new firms to follow a prescribed way of doing things which may ultimately threaten their survival. Similarly, certain unfavorable conditions of the external environment at founding may paradoxically offer a fertile ground for new firms to nurture their survival. Thus, whether some founding conditions are good or bad for new firms is still an unanswered question.

Building on imprinting theory, this dissertation investigates how different founding conditions affect the survival of new firms. At the organizational level, I study founders’ prior working experience in an incumbent family firm, organizational members’ prior shared international experience and prior industry experience, and focus respectively on three types of new firms: entrepreneurial spawns, international new ventures and high/mid-high tech new firms. I use a matched employer-employee dataset to test the effect of different types of prior experience on new firm survival. At the environment level, I propose how population density of similar organizational forms and the mortality of generalist organizations at founding may affect the survival of new family firms.

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Jönköping: Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, 2016. 63 p.
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JIBS Dissertation Series, ISSN 1403-0470 ; 111
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Business Administration
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urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31935 (URN)978-91-86345-70-9 (ISBN)
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2016-10-14, B1014, Jönköping University, International Business School, Jönköping, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2016-10-06 Created: 2016-10-06 Last updated: 2016-10-06Bibliographically approved

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