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non-family employees
family Business
intention to stay
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Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
James, Albert
Supervisor and department
Dr. Jennifer Jennings, Strategic Management and Organization
Dr. P. Devereaux Jennings, Strategic Management and Organization
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Michelle Inness, Strategic Management
Dr. Rhonda Breitkreuz, Human Ecology
Dr. Lloyd Steiers, Strategic Management and Organization
Faculty of Business
Organizational Analysis
Date accepted
Graduation date
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
The project addresses a critical gap in family business research literature, the interactions between owning families and non-family managers, by developing an empirical study of the intentions of these managers to stay employed in family businesses. I develop and test a model of how two manager characteristics and two owning family behaviours affect family business manager intention to stay. The model extends self-determination theory into the realm of family business research and is an opportunity to empirically study Ballinger & Rockmann’s (2010) notion of anchor events. The result is a mixed-methods project that includes a large online survey and a set of interviews with family business managers. From the collected survey data I test four hypotheses and report the results. Through the analysis I am able to demonstrate significant relationships between manager characteristics, owning family behaviours and family business manager intention to stay. From the interviews I develop deeper understandings and gain insights on owning family behaviours and non-family manager intention to stay employed in family businesses.
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