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Resource Acquisition in Family Firms: The Role of Family-Influenced Human and Social Capital

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  • Clinton Eric A.
  • Sciascia Salvatore

    (Istituto di Economia e Marketing, IULM University, Milano, Italy)

  • Yadav Rishi

    (Department of Mathematics, Bharathiar University, Bangalore, India)

  • Roche Frank

    (Department of Management, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland)

Abstract

Does family-influenced human capital (FIHC) facilitate or hamper resource acquisition Previous literature is scant and offers a negative portrayal of the family business context in this respect. We question this negative view of the phenomenon by arguing that FIHC may be beneficial to resource acquisition when family members are characterised by high bridging social capital. More specifically, we argue that family-influenced bridging social capital positively moderates the relationship between FIHC and resource acquisition, as bridging social capital reduces the disadvantages of FIHC allowing for the advantages to come to the fore. Our hypothesis is tested and confirmed on a data set of 241 family firms based in the Republic of Ireland.

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  • Clinton Eric A. & Sciascia Salvatore & Yadav Rishi & Roche Frank, 2013. "Resource Acquisition in Family Firms: The Role of Family-Influenced Human and Social Capital," Entrepreneurship Research Journal, De Gruyter, vol. 3(1), pages 44-61, January.
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