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Family-related antecedents of business legality: An empirical investigation among Italian family owned SMEs

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Family-related antecedents of business legality: An empirical investigation among Italian family owned SMEs

Dawson, Alexandra, Ginesti, Gianluca and Sciascia, Salvatore (2020) Family-related antecedents of business legality: An empirical investigation among Italian family owned SMEs. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 11 (1). ISSN 1877-8585

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfbs.2019.04.003

Abstract

We investigate the relationship between family-related factors in family owned businesses and the level of business legality, which is a key dimension of corporate social responsibility, surprisingly neglected despite its business and social relevance. By adopting the ability and willingness perspective, and merging it with signaling theory, we consider family involvement in management and generational stage as key antecedents of legal behavior in family owned businesses. We utilize an official legality rating recently developed by the Italian Competition Authority to build a unique dataset of 161 Italian family owned SMEs. Results from a regression analysis confirm our hypotheses: business legality increases with higher levels of family involvement in management, and at later generational stages.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Management
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Dawson, Alexandra and Ginesti, Gianluca and Sciascia, Salvatore
Journal or Publication:Journal of Family Business Strategy
Date:2020
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1016/j.jfbs.2019.04.003
ID Code:988000
Deposited By: ALEXANDRA DAWSON
Deposited On:16 Mar 2021 21:33
Last Modified:17 Jul 2021 01:00
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