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Tweaking the entrepreneurial orientation–performance relationship in family firms: the effect of control mechanisms and family-related goals

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/10/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Review of Managerial Science
Issue number4
Number of pages29
Pages (from-to)855–883
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date24/02/17
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Management literature is currently giving growing conceptual and empirical attention to the peculiarity and relevance of entrepreneurial attitudes in family firms, with divergent outcomes. Aiming at concretizing the effects of these attitudes, denoted by the entrepreneurial orientation construct, on family business performance and considering that family dynamics come into play in this relationship, we particularly investigate the impact of control mechanisms and family-related goals. Findings are based on a sample of 180 family firms and show that Proactiveness and Autonomy are particularly relevant to financial performance. Agency-problems avoiding control mechanisms moderate the effect of Innovativeness and Autonomy, while socioemotional wealth (SEW) goals moderate the effect of Risk-Taking, respectively. The usage of these mechanisms and managing SEW goals provide opportunities for a more efficient exploitation of entrepreneurial attitudes.