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Predictors of later-generation family members' commitment to family enterprises
John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
School of Business Administration, University of Vermont, Burlington, USA.
School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada.
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada.
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2015 (English)In: Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, ISSN 1042-2587, E-ISSN 1540-6520, Vol. 39, no 3, 545-569 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study examines the antecedents of different bases of organizational commitment and intention to stay of later-generation family members who are currently working in their family firm. Evidence from 199 Canadian and Swiss firms indicates that when these individuals' identity and career interests are aligned with their family enterprise, they experience affective commitment. Family expectations are associated with normative commitment. Individuals who are concerned about losing inherited financial wealth or who perceive a lack of alternative career paths stay with the family enterprise because of continuance commitment. Finally, individuals driven by desire or obligation exhibit low turnover intentions.

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2015. Vol. 39, no 3, 545-569 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-21201DOI: 10.1111/etap.12052ISI: 000353910200005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84927911039Local ID: IHHCeFEOISOAI: diva2:622188
Available from: 2013-05-20 Created: 2013-05-20 Last updated: 2015-08-07Bibliographically approved

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