The influence of family firm image on access to financial resources in family SMEs:A signaling theory perspective

Arzubiaga, Unai and De Massis, Alfredo and Maseda, Amaia and Iturralde, Txomin (2022) The influence of family firm image on access to financial resources in family SMEs:A signaling theory perspective. Review of Managerial Science.

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Abstract

This study investigates whether a projected family firm image can affect access to financial resources, which is key to providing broader strategic options and meeting short-term financial needs, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Building on the signaling literature, we consider the family SME leaders’ perspective and conceptually and empirically examine whether they believe a projected family firm image acts as a credible signal to the lender. We also examine additional boundary conditions influencing the family SME’s projected image–access to financial resources relationship, by specifically investigating whether firm age and size alter the degree of the signaling effect. Our unique data on 289 Spanish family SMEs reveal that projected family firm image can act as an attractive signal to lenders, leading to better access to financial resources for SMEs. Furthermore, firm size reinforces the role of the projected family firm image as a positive signal. These findings address an important practical issue in terms of family firm stakeholder perceptions, offering contributions to the corporate branding, family business, and financing literature.

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Journal Article
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Review of Managerial Science
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171482
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Deposited On:
08 Jun 2022 14:10
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Yes
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Published
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22 Nov 2022 11:31