Ownership Preferences, Competitive Heterogeneity, and Family-Controlled Businesses

13 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2006

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David G. Hoopes

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Danny Miller

HEC Montreal

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This article models ownership concentration, owner preferences, and competitive advantage. It argues that ownership structure and owner preferences can give rise to resources and capabilities that increase firm profits. The model is then used to explain how successful family-controlled businesses (FCBs) differ from firms with less concentrated ownership and less successful FCBs. Because of their ownership concentration and reduced monitoring costs, many FCBs will have a resource surplus. That surplus and the tendency toward long-term investment among some FCBs create unique competitive opportunities under conditions we specify.

Suggested Citation

Hoopes, David G. and Miller, Danny, Ownership Preferences, Competitive Heterogeneity, and Family-Controlled Businesses. Family Business Review, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 89-101, June 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=907698 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6248.2006.00064.x

David G. Hoopes (Contact Author)

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Danny Miller

HEC Montreal ( email )

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Montreal, Quebec H2X 2L3 H3T 2A7

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