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Old habits die hard: A tale of two failed companies and unwanted inheritance

Joseph Amankwah-Amoah

Journal of Business Research, 2014, vol. 67, issue 9, 1894-1903

Abstract: This article examines whether state-owned enterprises inherit the problems and stigmas resulting from the actions and inactions of their predecessor firms. In this direction, we advance two main theories of inherited background: the “wanted inheritance” and “sins of the father” perspective. We shed light on this issue using the cautionary tale of two failed companies: Ghana Airways (GA) and Ghana International Airlines (GIA). Our data indicate that GIA acquired some wanted inheritance such as former employees and their expertise, but this was accompanied by unwanted inheritance such as tainted ‘image’ and years of dissatisfaction of their customers from Ghana Airways, which affected its operations and precipitated its untimely demise. We conclude by outlining the implications of our findings for management and governments.

Keywords: Global competition; Ghana; Inherited problems; Brand; Reputation; State-owned enterprises (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2013.11.053

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