Entrepreneurial Experience, Support for Community and Family Firm Performance: A Cross-Study of Product and Service-based Family Businesses

  • Josiane Fahed Sreih Associate Professor at the School of Management at the Lebanese American University, Lebanon
  • Guy Assaker Assistant professor of Hospitality and Marketing at the Lebanese American University, Lebanon
  • Rob Hallak Senior Lecturer at the School of Management at the University of South Australia Business School

Abstract

Drawing on theories from corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship, and human capital, this study examines the structural relationships between entrepreneurial experience, support for community and family firm performance. Partial least-squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) was used to collect the data from 176 family businesses from two sectors of the economy - product-manufacturing and service-based organizations. The empirical results indicated that family firm owners’ entrepreneurial experience (business owner’s education level, length of time as a business owner, and the number of businesses owned in the past) is a significant predictor of the business’ support for community. Entrepreneurial experience was also found to have a significant and indirect effect on family firm performance. Additionally, the structural model was examined across product and service-based organizations. Our findings suggest that entrepreneurial experience has a stronger effect on family firm performance among service-based organizations. Keywords: Family Businesses, Entrepreneurial Experience, Support for Community, PLS-Structural Equation Modeling (PLS-SEM), Multi-Group T-Tests and Permutation Tests To cite this document: Josiane Fahed Sreih, Guy Assaker, and Rob Hallak , "Entrepreneurial Experience, Support for Community and Family Firm Performance: A Cross-Study of Product and Service-based Family Businesses", Contemporary Management Research, Vol.12, No.4, pp. 467-496, 2016. Permanent link to this document: http://dx.doi.org/10.7903/cmr.15360

Author Biographies

Josiane Fahed Sreih, Associate Professor at the School of Management at the Lebanese American University, Lebanon
School of Business
Guy Assaker, Assistant professor of Hospitality and Marketing at the Lebanese American University, Lebanon
School of Business
Rob Hallak, Senior Lecturer at the School of Management at the University of South Australia Business School
School of Business
Published
2016-12-31
How to Cite
Sreih, J., Assaker, G., & Hallak, R. (2016). Entrepreneurial Experience, Support for Community and Family Firm Performance: A Cross-Study of Product and Service-based Family Businesses. Contemporary Management Research, 12(4). https://doi.org/10.7903/cmr.15360
Section
Organization Behavior and Human Resource Management