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The temporal evolution of proactiveness in family firms: the horizontal s-curve hypothesis
Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster, UK.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership.
Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster, UK.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0691-2740
2014 (English)In: Family Business Review, ISSN 0894-4865, E-ISSN 1741-6248, Vol. 27, no 1, 35-50 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We extend prior work on proactiveness in family firms by examining the relationship between firm age and proactiveness. Specifically, we propose an S-shaped effect of aging of family firms on proactiveness. Additionally, we provide a contingency perspective by considering the moderating role of the dispersion of managerial control among family members. Using a sample of Swiss family firms, we find that proactiveness first declines, then increases, and finally decreases again as the family firm ages, and that this relationship is steeper when the managerial control is dispersed among multiple family members.

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2014. Vol. 27, no 1, 35-50 p.
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proactiveness, life cycle stage, goals, agency, stewardship, time
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-21891DOI: 10.1177/0894486513506114Local ID: IHHCeFEOISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-21891DiVA: diva2:646316
Available from: 2013-09-08 Created: 2013-09-08 Last updated: 2016-03-31Bibliographically approved

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