How family firms can avoid the trap of strong social ties and still achieve innovation: critical roles of market orientation and transgenerational intent.
Dayan, Mumin; Ng, Poh Yen; De Clercq, Dirk
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Dirk De Clercq
To extend family business research, this article proposes and tests a curvilinear relationship between social ties and family firm innovation, with the firm's market orientation and transgenerational intent as moderators. Representatives from a sample of 150 family firms in the United Arab Emirates completed self-administered questionnaires. Regression analyses on the collected data test the conceptual model and proposed hypotheses. The empirical study reveals an inverted U-shaped relationship, such that a high market orientation mitigates the diminishing returns of social ties on enhancing family firm innovation. Similarly, at high levels of transgenerational intent, family firm innovation increases due to social ties, instead of exhibiting diminishing returns. These results help explain contradictory outcomes previously attributed to social ties and offer clear guidelines for how family firms can leverage these ties more effectively to enhance their own innovation.
DAYAN, M., NG, P.Y. and D CLERCQ, D. 2023. How family firms can avoid the trap of strong social ties and still achieve innovation: critical roles of market orientation and transgenerational intent. International journal of entrepreneurial behavior and research [online], 29(6), pages 1314-1337. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1108/ijebr-12-2021-1056
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||May 3, 2023|
|Online Publication Date||Jun 6, 2023|
|Publication Date||Jun 13, 2023|
|Deposit Date||Jun 7, 2023|
|Publicly Available Date||Jun 7, 2023|
|Journal||International journal of entrepreneurial behavior and research|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Family firms; Family businesses; Entrepreneurship; United Arab Emirates|
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