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Long-Term Orientation as a Resource for Entrepreneurial Orientation in Private Family Firms: The Need for Participative Decision Making

Jelle Schepers (), Wim Voordeckers (), Tensie Steijvers () and Eddy Laveren ()
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Jelle Schepers: Research Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Firms (RCEF), Hasselt University, Agoralaan, Building D, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
Wim Voordeckers: Research Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Firms (RCEF), Hasselt University, Agoralaan, Building D, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
Tensie Steijvers: Research Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Firms (RCEF), Hasselt University, Agoralaan, Building D, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
Eddy Laveren: Department of Accountancy and Finance, University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium

Sustainability, 2020, vol. 12, issue 13, 1-1

Abstract: Building on the resource-based view (RBV) of the firm, this paper suggests that a family firm’s long-term orientation (LTO) can be an important resource that increases firm-level entrepreneurial orientation (EO). Nevertheless, resource orchestration suggests that managers need to orchestrate their resources in order to realize any potential advantage. Therefore, we hypothesize that a family firm’s LTO entails potential resources to engage in entrepreneurial activities, while a participative decision making (PDM) style serves as coordinating mechanism that helps the firm to manage these resources. Using data from 209 private family firms, the results show a positive association between LTO and EO. Also, PDM was found to positively moderate the LTO-EO relationship, providing empirical support for our central hypothesis.

Keywords: Long-term orientation; entrepreneurial orientation; participative decision making; private family firms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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