research seminar by garry bruton

Category: Research Events

On Tuesday 22 March 2016 Garry Bruton, Professor at Texas Christian University (US), will present a research seminar at the Ghent Campus (N 0.5).

Prof. Bruton will present the paper:

“ALL IN THE FAMILY: A CONFIGURATIONAL EXPLORATION OF FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS, CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, AND FIRM PERFORMANCE"

Abstract of the seminar:

Extant theory explaining the performance of family firms has typically focused on differences between family firms and non-family firms. Considerable research in this tradition has demonstrated that family managers differ from non-family managers. The strategic leadership of family firms, however, varies in terms of the specific family relationships represented at each firm. However, little theory exists which explains how alternative family relationship combinations impact organizational performance. Using fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis and a sample of Chinese IPO firms, we conduct an exploratory study to identify configurations of family relationships that, when present among a firm’s strategic leaders, combined with specific corporate governance arrangements to produce superior firm performance. From our results, we are able to generate three testable theoretical propositions regarding such configurations. We present these findings and propositions in order to prompt deeper scholarship and investigation into the rich impact that families can have on the strategic management of the firm.

Biography:

Garry D. Bruton is a professor at Texas Christian University. He has published or has forthcoming over 100 academic articles in leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. In addition, Garry has co-authored three text books –small business management (McGraw-Hill), technology and innovation management (Cengage), and international management (Cengage). In 2005 Professor Bruton was the first holder of the Hall Chair in Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets offered by the Fulbright Foundation.  He is currently associate editor of the Strategic Management Journal.  Previously he was president of the Asia Academy of Management, and former editor of the Academy of Management Perspectives.

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