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The Determinants of Family Owner-Managers' affective organizational Commitment

Esra Memili, Thomas Zellweger & Franz W. Kellermanns

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abstract Affective organizational commitment is an important predictor of the willingness to contribute to organizational goals and is of particular relevance to family firms, as these firms often rely on long-term involvement of family members through transgenerational succession. Drawing on organizational commitment and ownership attachment theories, we probe the influence of family firm dynamics (i.e. family harmony and relational conflict) on work-family conflict and family owner-managers' ownership attachment, which in turn impact affective organizational commitment. Based on a study of 326 family firms, we introduce ownership attachment as an important antecedent to affective organizational commitment. We find that ownership attachment is positively affected by both family harmony and work-family conflict, whereby work-family conflict is influenced by relational conflict. We also find that work-family conflict affects ownership attachment.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords
   
name of conference Academy of Management Conference 2010 (Montreal)
date of conference 6-8-2010
title of proceedings Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research
page(s) 40
volume / edition Paper Session 729
publisher Academy of Management (Chicago)
review double-blind review
   
citation Memili, E., Zellweger, T., & Kellermanns, F. W. (2010). The Determinants of Family Owner-Managers' affective organizational Commitment. In Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research, Paper Session 729, pp.40. Chicago: Academy of Management.