Predictors of Later Generation Family Members’ Commitment to Family Enterprises
Dawson A., Sharma P., Irving PG., Marcus J. and Chirico F. Predictors of Later Generation Family Members’ Commitment to Family Enterprises. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Forthcoming
39 Pages Posted: 20 May 2013 Last revised: 23 Jun 2013
Date Written: May 20, 2013
This study examines the antecedents of different bases of organizational commitment and intention to stay of later generation family members who are currently working in their family firm. Evidence from 199 Canadian and Swiss firms indicates that when these individuals’ identity and career interests are aligned with their family enterprise, they experience affective commitment. Family expectations are associated with normative commitment. Individuals who are concerned about losing inherited financial wealth, or who perceive a lack of alternative career paths, stay with the family enterprise because of continuance commitment. Finally, individuals driven by desire or obligation exhibit low turnover intentions.
Keywords: family business, later generation, commitment, turnover Intentions
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