Continuation commitment: family's commitment to continue the family business

Raj V. Mahto, Peter S. Davis, Dmitry Khanin

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This study investigates what influences families' commitment to continue a family business, or continuation commitment. We hypothesize that top executives' cultural capital, family members' satisfaction with the firms past performance and their aspirations regarding its future performance, as well as the level of family involvement in the family business represent key factors underlying continuation commitment. In addition, we suggest the interaction effects among the identified factors that affect a family's commitment will be higher in the founder generation compared to successive generations of family owners. Analysis of a dataset of 2,168 family firms from a nationwide survey provided support for most hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-289
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Commitment
  • Cultural capital
  • Family business continuance
  • Family involvement
  • Performance satisfaction-aspirations

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