The temporal evolution of proactiveness in family firms:the horizontal S-curve hypothesis

De Massis, Alfredo and Chirico, Francesco and Kotlar, Josip and Naldi, Lucia (2014) The temporal evolution of proactiveness in family firms:the horizontal S-curve hypothesis. Family Business Review, 27 (1). pp. 35-50. ISSN 0894-4865

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Abstract

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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Journal Article
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Family Business Review
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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Family Business Review, 27 (1), 2014, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2014 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Family Business Review page: http://fbr.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/
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Deposited On:
03 Oct 2013 08:57
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