Cross-Functional Management in Family Firms – A Stewardship Theory Perspective

22 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2012

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Florian Jell

Technische Universität München (TUM)

Jorn H. Block

University of Trier - Faculty of Management; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Management (ERIM)

Joachim Henkel

TUM School of Management - Technische Universität München (TUM)

Frank Spiegel

Technische Universität München (TUM)

Hans Zischka

Technische Universität München (TUM)

Date Written: January 16, 2012

Abstract

Prior research shows that cross-functional management impacts firm performance. Using stewardship theory, we hypothesize that family firms have a high proclivity to pursue cross-functional management. We test our hypothesis in the context of patent management and find that family firms pursue higher degrees of cross-functional patent management relative to non-family firms. However, the effect only exists when the family acts as both owner and manager.

Keywords: family firms, cross functional management, patent management, intellectual property, innovation, stewardship theory

JEL Classification: G32, M13, O32

Suggested Citation

Jell, Florian and Block, Jorn Hendrich and Henkel, Joachim and Spiegel, Frank and Zischka, Hans, Cross-Functional Management in Family Firms – A Stewardship Theory Perspective (January 16, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1986091 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1986091

Florian Jell

Technische Universität München (TUM) ( email )

Arcisstrasse 21
Munich, DE 80333
Germany

Jorn Hendrich Block (Contact Author)

University of Trier - Faculty of Management ( email )

D-54296
Germany

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Management (ERIM) ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands

Joachim Henkel

TUM School of Management - Technische Universität München (TUM) ( email )

Arcisstr. 21
Munich, D-80333
Germany

Frank Spiegel

Technische Universität München (TUM) ( email )

Arcisstrasse 21
Munich, DE 80333
Germany

Hans Zischka

Technische Universität München (TUM) ( email )

Arcisstrasse 21
Munich, DE 80333
Germany

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