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Acquisitions by Family Firms : The Role of Socioemotional Wealth

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abstract By blending the behavioral theory of the firm with the socioemotional wealth perspective of family firm ownership our paper investigates how family ownership impacts timing and resource similarity of acquisitions. We show that the influence of socioemotional wealth concerns tied to family ownership when engaging in acquisitions alters with performance framing and, hence, whether performance aspiration levels are achieved. We also discuss how slack resources interact with socioemotional wealth concerns and ultimately bias acquisition activity in family firms. Our study makes several contributions to acquisition literature, the behavioral theory of the firm, and the emerging socioemotional wealth perspective.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords Socioemotional wealth, acquisitions, family firms
   
name of conference 72nd Annual Meeting Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Boston)
date of conference 6-8-2012
title of proceedings The Informal Academy
page(s) 40
volume / edition Paper 1667
publisher Academy of Management (New York)
ISSN 2151-6561
review double-blind review
   
citation Dehlen, T., & Zellweger, T. (2012). Acquisitions by Family Firms: The Role of Socioemotional Wealth. In The Informal Academy, Paper 1667, pp.40. New York: Academy of Management.