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  • Mazzelli, Kotlar, De Massis, 2017 - Selective conformity innovation family firms - PUBLIC

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Blending in while standing out: selective conformity and new product introduction in family firms

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/03/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Issue number2
Volume42
Number of pages25
Pages (from-to)206-230
StatePublished
Early online date10/01/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Research on the conformity-distinctiveness tradeoff in family firms is divided. Examining the product innovations of Spanish manufacturing firms between 1998 and 2012, we hypothesize that family and nonfamily firms conform selectively and are driven by different motivations. Family firms align with their closest peers to avoid social losses while nonfamily firms conform to firms with different attributes to pursue social gains. Moreover, propensity to conform leads to more substantive organizational responses in family firms. We contribute to understanding how family firms navigate the conformity-distinctiveness trade-off, unveil the cognitive dimension of conformity and address the puzzling evidence on family firm innovation.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 42 (2), 2018, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2018 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice page: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/etp on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com/