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The determinants of family firms' subcontracting: A transaction cost perspective

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  • Memili, Esra
  • Chrisman, James J.
  • Chua, Jess H.
  • Chang, Erick P.C.
  • Kellermanns, Franz W.

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In this article we compare the governance choices of family and non-family firms regarding their subcontracting tendencies. Based on transaction cost theory, we argue that family firms are less likely to engage in subcontracting than non-family firms and that kinship ties, the extent to which a family firm's production activities are important, and cost minimization concerns influence the extent to which family firms utilize subcontractors. Using a sample of small, established firms, we find support for our hypotheses as well as for the use of transaction cost theory logic to explain family firm behavior.

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  • Memili, Esra & Chrisman, James J. & Chua, Jess H. & Chang, Erick P.C. & Kellermanns, Franz W., 2011. "The determinants of family firms' subcontracting: A transaction cost perspective," Journal of Family Business Strategy, Elsevier, vol. 2(1), pages 26-33, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:fambus:v:2:y:2011:i:1:p:26-33
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