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Non-family CEOs in family firms - A Clash of Logics?: A study on how different logics and perceptions of professionalism  shape expectations and affect relationships.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the near future several Swedish family firms will face a need for succession. Many times there is no available successor within the family firm. Hiring a non-family CEO (NFC) is thus a solution to keep the firm within the family. Using a multiple case study with 6 participating family firms, we have identified how clashing logics between family business owners and NFCs, on the role of the NFC, influence their expectations and relationships. Clashing logics were often a source of disagreements and conflicts, leading to failure in the owner-NFC relationship. Furthermore, we have identified that the two parties often perceived the non-family CEO to offer more professional management which was a motive why family firms in this study hired NFCs. This perceived professionalism was also a reason for conflicting expectations. Adding to previous studies we also identified a series of influencing factors impacting the family business owner-NFC relationship. To conclude this study provides new insights for further research and practical recommendations for family firms in the process of hiring NFCs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 71 p.
Keyword [en]
Family Business, Non-Family CEO, NFC, Clash of Logics, Perceived Professionalism, CEO Recruitment, Clash of Logics, Relationships in Family Business
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-27371ISRN: JU-IHH-FÖA-2-20150128OAI: diva2:824551
Subject / course
IHH, Business Administration
Available from: 2015-06-25 Created: 2015-06-22 Last updated: 2015-06-25Bibliographically approved

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