The Influence of Family Ownership on M&As and Innovation

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Abstract

I draw from the concept of mixed gambles to investigate the socioemotional wealth trade-offs associated with high risk strategic decisions such as firm acquisition decisions of family firms. We contrast the predictions from mixed gambles with those of the commonly used behavioural agency model (BAM). Our empirical results for a panel data set of large U.S. firms support the mixed gambles predictions and reject those derived from BAM. They reveal that family firms are more likely to engage in horizontal acquisitions than non-family firms and that the engagement of family firms in horizontal acquisitions is even higher when they are in a gain frame.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLuxembourg
PublisherUniversity of Luxembourg
Number of pages157
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
SeriesPhD-FDEF
Number2019-06

Bibliographical note

Defence held on 29/08/2019 in Luxembourg.

Keywords

  • Family firms
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Aspiration levels
  • Innovation
  • Merger waves
  • Mixed gambles
  • Behavioural angency model (BAM)
  • Technology
  • Socioemotional wealth

Cite this

Issah, A-B. (2019). The Influence of Family Ownership on M&As and Innovation. Luxembourg: University of Luxembourg. PhD-FDEF, No. 2019-06