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The Planned Decision To Transfer An Entrepreneurial Company

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  • H. LEROY
  • S. MANIGART

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  • M. MEULEMAN

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We expand and test Ajzen’s Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) to explain the transfer of an entrepreneurial venture upon exit. Our results confirm TPB: transfer intentions and perceived control over the transfer are the main drivers of the likelihood to transfer. In addition, contextual business characteristics complement TPB in explaining transfer outcomes. While intangibility of firm assets directly impacts transfer outcomes, business viability is partially mediated via transfer intentions. These results shed more light on the role of implicit planning in transfer decisions and help to better understand contextual factors impacting the process of entrepreneurial exits.

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  • H. Leroy & S. Manigart & M. Meuleman, 2009. "The Planned Decision To Transfer An Entrepreneurial Company," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 09/577, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
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    1. S. Balcaen & J. Buyze & H. Ooghe, 2009. "Financial distress and firm exit: determinants of involuntary exits, voluntary liquidations and restructuring exits," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 09/598, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
    2. Ali Hadj Khalifa & Mohamed Mahjoub Dhiaf, 2016. "The Impact Of Entrepreneurship Education On Entrepreneurial Intention: The Uae Context," Polish Journal of Management Studies, Czestochowa Technical University, Department of Management, vol. 14(1), pages 119-128, December.
    3. van Teeffelen Lex & Uhlaner Lorraine M., 2013. "Firm Resource Characteristics and Human Capital as Predictors of Exit Choice: An Exploratory Study of SMEs," Entrepreneurship Research Journal, De Gruyter, vol. 3(1), pages 84-108, January.
    4. Sofie Balcaen & Sophie Manigart & Jozefien Buyze & Hubert Ooghe, 2012. "Firm exit after distress: differentiating between bankruptcy, voluntary liquidation and M&A," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 39(4), pages 949-975, November.
    5. Harkins Jason & Forster-Holt Nancy, 2014. "Resource Dependence and the Exits of Young Firms," Entrepreneurship Research Journal, De Gruyter, vol. 4(4), pages 1-27, October.
    6. Geraldine Ryan & Bernadette Power & Noreen McCarthy & Paul Braidford, 2011. "Regional Influences of Business Transfers within the British Isles," ERSA conference papers ersa10p1094, European Regional Science Association.

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    entrepreneurial exit; exit process; transfer decision; Theory of Planned Behavior;

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