Psychological Ownership, Knowledge Sharing and Entrepreneurial Orientation in Family Firms: The Moderating Role of Governance Heterogeneity

52 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2017

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Daniel Pittino

Università degli Studi di Udine - Department of Economics

Ascensión Barroso Martínez

University of Extremadura - Faculty of Economic Science and Business Studies

Francesco Chirico

Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School; Jonkoping University - Jonkoping International Business School (JIBS)

Ramón Sanguino Galván

University of Extremadura - Faculty of Economic Science and Business Studies

Date Written: September 1, 2017

Abstract

Adopting a stewardship perspective and relying on a sample of 93 Spanish family firms, we emphasize the importance of psychological ownership as a primary determinant of entrepreneurial orientation in terms of proactiveness, innovativeness and risk taking. We also suggest that the relationship between psychological ownership and entrepreneurial orientation is mediated by knowledge sharing. Finally, we assess the potential moderating roles of heterogenous governance conditions in terms of the generation in control, generational involvement and family involvement in the top management team with regard to the relationship between psychological ownership and knowledge sharing. Research and managerial implications are shared in the concluding section.

Keywords: Family firms' heterogeneity, Entrepreneurial orientation, Psychological ownership, Knowledge sharing, Stewardship

Suggested Citation

Pittino, Daniel and Barroso Martínez, Ascensión and Chirico, Francesco and Sanguino Galvan, Ramon, Psychological Ownership, Knowledge Sharing and Entrepreneurial Orientation in Family Firms: The Moderating Role of Governance Heterogeneity (September 1, 2017). Journal of Business Research, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3035809

Daniel Pittino

Università degli Studi di Udine - Department of Economics ( email )

Via Tomadini 30
33100 Udine
Italy

Ascensión Barroso Martínez

University of Extremadura - Faculty of Economic Science and Business Studies

Av. Elvas, s/n
Badajoz, Extremadura 06006
Spain

Francesco Chirico (Contact Author)

Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School ( email )

New South Wales 2109
Australia

Jonkoping University - Jonkoping International Business School (JIBS) ( email )

Jönköping, 55111
Sweden

Ramon Sanguino Galvan

University of Extremadura - Faculty of Economic Science and Business Studies ( email )

United States

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