Firm Acquisitions by Family Firms: A Mixed Gamble Approach
61 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2019
Date Written: 2019
This study elucidates the mixed gamble confronting family firms when considering a related firm acquisition. The socioemotional and financial wealth trade-off associated with related firm acquisitions as well as their long-term horizon turns family firms more likely to undertake a related acquisition than non-family firms, especially when they are performing above their aspiration level. Post-merger performance pattern confirm that family firms are able to create long-term value through these acquisitions and by doing so they surpass non-family firms. These findings stand in contrast to commonly used behavioural agency predictions, but can be reconciled with theory through a mixed gambles’ lens.
Keywords: firm acquisitions; related firm acquisitions; mixed gamble; aspiration level; socioemotional wealth; value creation
JEL Classification: G34, L10, L20, M20
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