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Building a family firm image: How family firms capitalize on their family ties

  • Zellweger, Thomas M.
  • Kellermanns, Franz W.
  • Eddleston, Kimberly A.
  • Memili, Esra
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    We apply organizational identity theory to examine factors that lead family firms to create a family firm image and investigate how a family firm image impacts firm performance. We find that family firm pride, community social ties, and long-term orientation are positively associated with the inclination of a firm to portray itself as a family business to consumers and stakeholders. In turn, we find that a family firm image benefits firm performance. Thus, our study demonstrates that by building a family firm image, the unique family influences on the firm can be leveraged to create a competitive advantage for family firms.

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    Volume (Year): 3 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 239-250

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