Managerial capabilities and strategic renewal in family firms in crisis situations: The moderating role of the founding generation

Wunnam Basit Issah, Muhammad Anwar, Thomas Clauss, Sascha Kraus

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This study examines whether founding generation managed family firms are capable of responding proactively to the COVID-19 disruption via firm renewal. We used a unique global COVID-19 crisis specific survey dataset comprising of 2,130 family firm observations. Our findings indicate that in comparison to the later generations, founding generation-managed family firms only do better at strategic renewal as a response to the crisis when they have sufficient managerial capabilities. Our study recommends that family businesses, especially those managed by the founding generations should emphasize managerial capabilities rather than merely focusing on socioemotional wealth (SEW) when deciding on crisis coping strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number113486
JournalJournal of Business Research
Early online date30 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

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