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Resource Configuration in Family Firms: Linking Resources, Strategic Planning and Technological Opportunities to Performance


  • Kimberly A. Eddleston
  • Franz Willi Kellermanns
  • Ravi Sarathy


abstract We apply the resource‐based view of the firm to the study of family firms by investigating how a family specific resource (reciprocal altruism) and a firm specific resource (innovative capacity) contribute to family firm performance. We then examine how the impact of these resources is moderated by strategic planning and technological opportunities. Our findings suggest that family firms can benefit from emphasizing the positive aspects of kinship and from developing innovative capacities. As such, we demonstrate that not only do firm specific resources contribute to family firm performance, but also that family relationships can be a source of competitive advantage for a family firm. In addition, we found a heightened importance of reciprocal altruism in environments rich in technological opportunities, and that strategic planning is more important for those family firms that lack innovative capacities.

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  • Kimberly A. Eddleston & Franz Willi Kellermanns & Ravi Sarathy, 2008. "Resource Configuration in Family Firms: Linking Resources, Strategic Planning and Technological Opportunities to Performance," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 45(1), pages 26-50, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jomstd:v:45:y:2008:i:1:p:26-50
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2007.00717.x

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