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Four Bases of Family Business Successor Commitment: Antecedents and Consequences (ABSTRACT)


Sharma, P., & Irving, P.G.

published: 2005 | Research publication | Refereed Journals - OB/HRM

Sharma, P., & Irving, P.G. (2005). "Four Bases of Family Business Successor Commitment: Antecedents and Consequences". Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 29 (1), 13-33.


An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Academy of Management meetings in Seattle (2002). Another version received the 2002 Best Unpublished Research Paper Award from Family Firm Institute (FFI).


ABSTRACT: Although successor commitment toward family business has been identified as a key desirable attribute, commitment has been treated as a unidimensional construct in family business research. Drawing on the organizational commitment literature, we propose four bases of successor commitment to family firmaffective (based on perceived desire), normative (based on perceived sense of obligation), calculative (based on perceived opportunity costs involved), and imperative (based on perceived need). A model of antecedents and expected behavioral outcomes of each of these bases of commitment is developed. Related propositions are presented, as are the contributions to the literature, research and practical implications.

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