Generational Involvement in the Top Management Team of Family Firms: Exploring Nonlinear Effects on Entrepreneurial Orientation

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Salvatore Sciascia

IULM University

Pietro Mazzola

IULM University

Francesco Chirico

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 2013

Abstract

The present study contends that an inverted U‐shaped relationship exists between generational involvement - i.e., the number of family generations simultaneously involved in the family‐firm top management team (TMT) - and entrepreneurial orientation (EO). Drawing on the upper echelons theory, we conceive generational involvement as a proxy of knowledge diversity in multigenerational family TMTs. We argue that while moderate levels of generational involvement stimulate task‐related constructive conflicts for EO, increased kinship distance and relationship conflicts led by high levels of generational involvement are likely to undermine this potential advantage by damaging the relational context for EO. Our hypothesis is confirmed on a data set of 199 family firms.

Suggested Citation

Sciascia, Salvatore and Mazzola, Pietro and Chirico, Francesco, Generational Involvement in the Top Management Team of Family Firms: Exploring Nonlinear Effects on Entrepreneurial Orientation (January 2013). Special Issue on Entrepreneurial and Family Business Teams, Vol. 37, Issue 1, pp. 69-85, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2199277 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6520.2012.00528.x

Salvatore Sciascia (Contact Author)

IULM University ( email )

Italy

Pietro Mazzola

IULM University ( email )

Via Carlo Bo, 1
Milano
Italy
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+3902891412770 (Fax)

Francesco Chirico

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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