Why they stay: Examining the intentions of non-family managers to remain employed in family firms

  • Author / Creator
    James, Albert
  • 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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  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
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  • Institution
    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • Faculty of Business
  • Specialization
    • Organizational Analysis
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr. P. Devereaux Jennings, Strategic Management and Organization
    • Dr. Jennifer Jennings, Strategic Management and Organization
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Michelle Inness, Strategic Management
    • Dr. Lloyd Steiers, Strategic Management and Organization
    • Dr. Rhonda Breitkreuz, Human Ecology