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Escalation of commitment in private family businesses: The influence of outside board members

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  • Woods, Jeremy A.
  • Dalziel, Thomas
  • Barton, Sidney L.
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    Owner–managers of private family businesses are vulnerable to escalation of commitment, which can lead to costly failure. In an effort to help private family businesses reduce such costs and contribute to the resource dependence literature, we extend prior research on escalation of commitment (Staw, 1981). Specifically, we develop a model that examines how outside board members influence the antecedents, and moderate the processes, that lead to escalation of commitment. Our work encourages the use of outside board members, insofar as they are likely to help the owner–managers of private family businesses to avoid escalation of commitment.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Family Business Strategy.

    Volume (Year): 3 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 18-27

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:fambus:v:3:y:2012:i:1:p:18-27

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    Keywords: Board of directors; Family business; Escalation of commitment; Outside board members; Resource dependence theory;

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    1. Collin, Sven-Olof Yrjö & Ahlberg, Jenny, 2012. "Blood in the boardroom: Family relationships influencing the functions of the board," Journal of Family Business Strategy, Elsevier, vol. 3(4), pages 207-219.

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