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The Effect of Reputation on Entrepreneurial Behavior in Family Firms : A Resource Perspective

Eric Clinton, Robert S. Nason & Thomas Zellweger

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abstract Throughout the development of the field, family business scholars have sought to identify the sources of distinctiveness for family firms. One promising stream in this arena has been familiness (Habbershon & Williams, 1999), which applies resource based view to the family context. Familiness contends that the idiosyncratic family influence on firm level resources explains the competitive advantages or disadvantages of family firms.

Despite its conceptual power, there has been great difficulty in operationalizing familiness into a functional research construct. Pearson et al (2008) make a strong movement to clarify and focus the concept in this direction using a social capital perspective as does Sharma (2008) with a broader discussion of family influenced resource pools. Still, there have been few empirical articles on familiness despite Habbershon and Williams (1999) call that “it is the conditions and antecedents of distinctive familiness that researchers ultimately need to clarify” (1999:13). Our article serves to meet this gap in the literature through the first in depth exploration of the distinctive properties and consequences of a single resource, reputation.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords Family Firm, Reputation
   
project Strategic Entrepreneurship in Family Firms
name of conference 13th Annual Entrepreneurship Research Conference (Lausanne)
date of conference 9-7-2010
title of proceedings Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2010
page(s) 1
publisher Babson College (Babson Park, Massachusetts)
ISBN 0-910897-32-8
review blind review
   
citation Clinton, E., Nason, R. S., & Zellweger, T. (2010). The Effect of Reputation on Entrepreneurial Behavior in Family Firms: A Resource Perspective. In Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2010, pp.1. Babson Park, Massachusetts: Babson College. - ISBN 0-910897-32-8.