Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Publications Database

Explaining Conflicts Between Active and Non-Active Shareholders in Family Firms

Siebels, Jan-Folke
zu Knyphausen-Aufseß, Dodo
Month: July
ISSN-Print: 1439-2917
ISSN-Online: 2194-072X
Link External Source: Online Version
Year: 2017
Keywords: Family business; Non-active shareholders; Identity theory
Abstract: This study aims at analyzing an under-researched and important topic in the context of family business, namely the conflicts between active and non-active shareholders stemming from their different roles and goals. It seeks to understand why and how roles and objectives of non-active shareholders differ in family firms and why and under which circumstances conflicts between active and non-active shareholders arise. Using a multiple-case, inductive research design and drawing on identity theory, we develop a conceptual framework explaining when active and non-active shareholders based also on their different roles and goals tend to get into conflict with one another.