This paper was motivated by the increasing interest in the current debate for the entrepreneurial process in family firms. Little research to date has investigated the family business exit and this topic is mainly considered as a failure for entrepreneurial families. However, when uncertainties arise concerning generational succession, the family business exit may enable ownership transitions facilitating survival and long term value creation strategies. Among the exit options, a private equity buyout may balance the family’s wealth protection and the firm’s future growth. However, which family specific characteristics and strategic needs may affect the exit option still remains a neglected topic. Based on recent research addressing entrepreneurship in family firms and corporate governance literature, this paper develops a case study for investigating the bridging role of private equity buyout for going through strategic transitions in family firms. Findings suggest that a private equity buyout is a governance mechanism which may sustain an entrepreneurial transition by realigning family interests and goals. It may also allow the family commitment for improving organizational capabilities required by an entrepreneurial transition.

Family Business Exit and Private Equity Investment Decisions: Governance Implications for Value Creation / DI TOMA, Paolo; Montanari, Stefano. - In: CORPORATE OWNERSHIP & CONTROL. - ISSN 1727-9232. - STAMPA. - 10:(2012), pp. 466-484.

Family Business Exit and Private Equity Investment Decisions: Governance Implications for Value Creation.

DI TOMA, Paolo;MONTANARI, Stefano
2012-01-01

Abstract

This paper was motivated by the increasing interest in the current debate for the entrepreneurial process in family firms. Little research to date has investigated the family business exit and this topic is mainly considered as a failure for entrepreneurial families. However, when uncertainties arise concerning generational succession, the family business exit may enable ownership transitions facilitating survival and long term value creation strategies. Among the exit options, a private equity buyout may balance the family’s wealth protection and the firm’s future growth. However, which family specific characteristics and strategic needs may affect the exit option still remains a neglected topic. Based on recent research addressing entrepreneurship in family firms and corporate governance literature, this paper develops a case study for investigating the bridging role of private equity buyout for going through strategic transitions in family firms. Findings suggest that a private equity buyout is a governance mechanism which may sustain an entrepreneurial transition by realigning family interests and goals. It may also allow the family commitment for improving organizational capabilities required by an entrepreneurial transition.
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Family Business Exit and Private Equity Investment Decisions: Governance Implications for Value Creation / DI TOMA, Paolo; Montanari, Stefano. - In: CORPORATE OWNERSHIP & CONTROL. - ISSN 1727-9232. - STAMPA. - 10:(2012), pp. 466-484.
DI TOMA, Paolo; Montanari, Stefano
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