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When do non-family CEOs outperform in family firms? Agency and behavioural agency perspectives
HEC Montreal and University of Alberta, Canada.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8428-7640
HEC Montreal and University of Alberta, Canada.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5755-2939
Bocconi University, CRIO, Italy.
Bocconi University, CRIO, Italy.
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2014 (English)In: Journal of Management Studies, ISSN 0022-2380, E-ISSN 1467-6486, Vol. 51, no 4, 547-572 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Family firms represent a globally dominant form of organization, yet they confront a steep challenge of finding and managing competent leaders. Sometimes, these leaders cannot be found within the owning family. To date we know little about the governance contexts under which non-family leaders thrive or founder. Guided by concepts from agency theory and behavioural agency theory, we examine the conditions of ownership and leadership that promote superior performance among non-family CEOs of family firms. Our analysis of 893 Italian family firms demonstrates that these leaders outperform when they are monitored by multiple major family owners as opposed to a single owner; they also outperform when they are not required to share power with co-CEOs who are family members, and who may be motivated by parochial family socioemotional priorities.

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HEC Montreal, Montreal, PQ, Canada. Univ Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2M7, Canada. [Minichilli, Alessandro] Bocconi Univ, CRIOS, I-20136 Milan, Italy. Univ Udine, I-33100 Udine, Italy., 2014. Vol. 51, no 4, 547-572 p.
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family firms, co-leadership, non-family CEOs, ownership structure
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-29285DOI: 10.1111/joms.12076ISI: 000334269400002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84898843546OAI: diva2:899376
Available from: 2016-02-01 Created: 2016-02-01 Last updated: 2016-02-22Bibliographically approved

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