Title

Family Ownership and R&D Investment: The Role of Growth Opportunities and Business Group Membership

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

This study examines whether the influence of family ownership on R&D investment varies depending on growth opportunities and business group membership. Using data on Korean firms over ten years (1998-2007), the study shows that family ownership is negatively related to R&D investment, but the relationship becomes positive when growth opportunities are present. The moderating effect, however, differs between independent family firms and family business groups. The positive influence that growth opportunities have on promoting R&D investment is diminished for affiliates of family business groups. These findings imply that family owners invest more in R&D when their family control goals are threatened by the loss of growth potential. The empirical results of this study and its behavioral decision-making model help to bridge the gap between the predictions of the family control perspective and agency theory in explaining R&D investment by family firms in an emerging economy.

Keywords

R&D investment, Family ownership, Growth opportunities, Business groups, Behavioral decision-making

Discipline

Business

Publication

Journal of Business Research

Volume

68

Issue

5

First Page

1053

Last Page

1061

ISSN

0148-2963

Identifier

10.1016/j.jbusres.2014.10.007

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