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Going private: A socioemotional wealth perspective on why family controlled companies decide to leave the stock-exchange
University of Skövde, Sweden.
University of Skövde, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8337-3472
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7962-6211
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3613-4233
2017 (English)In: The Journal of Family Business Strategy, ISSN 1877-8585, E-ISSN 1877-8593Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

Our purpose is to understand the process of ‘going private’ decisions in family firms by applying a socioemotional wealth (SEW) perspective, specified in the following research questions: how do socioemotional wealth considerations influence owning families’ decisions to delist their publicly-listed companies? How do socioemotional wealth considerations change after the delisting of a firm? Based on case studies of two family firms, we elaborate upon the balancing of socioemotional and financial wealth considerations by the family owners, the assessment of which changes over time. Ultimately, we propose that the experiences from being listed can lead to the reevaluation of financial, as well as socioemotional, wealth considerations. By delisting, the companies reclaim independence and control, and the identity as a private family-owned firm becomes once again pronounced. We develop the SEW-perspective by viewing the decision to delist as a mixed gamble, in that owning families have to weigh personal and financial losses against SEW gains, thereby indicating how SEW-considerations change over time. We find that owning families are willing to sacrifice current SEW, accepting current financial losses for prospective increased SEW. Additionally, in this study we extend the argument that decisions to leave the stock market are tradeoffs between competing factors.

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Elsevier, 2017.
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Socioemotional wealth, Family business, Mixed gamble, Going private, Family ownership, Case study
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Business Administration
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Humanities and Social sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35402DOI: 10.1016/j.jfbs.2017.01.005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-85017464265OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-35402DiVA: diva2:1090034
Available from: 2017-04-21 Created: 2017-04-21 Last updated: 2017-05-02

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