Title: First mover advantage on family firm succession

Authors: Shital Jayantilal; Sílvia Ferreira Jorge; Tomás M. Bañegil Palacios

Addresses: Research on Economics, Management and Information Technologies (REMIT), Univ Portucalense, Portucalense Institute for Legal Research (IJP), Rua Dr. António Bernardino Almeida, 541-619, 4200-072, Porto, Portugal ' GOVCOPP, Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-194 Aveiro, Portugal ' Department of Business Administration and Sociology, Universidad of Extremadura, Avda. de Elvas, s/n, 06006 Badajoz, Spain

Abstract: In spite of the proliferation of studies in various areas regarding the benefit of being first, the first mover advantage (FMA), in the context of family firms the work is (at best) scant. Adding to this, the impact that such firms have on the world economic stage it becomes both an interesting and a necessary research avenue. To study FMA in these firms, we will focus on one of the most critical stages in the lives of such firm: succession. As most of family firms do not outlive their founders, the passage of the executive power to the next generation is a crucial test that these firms face. It is not uncommon during this stage to see siblings rival to be nominated successor. This paper advances the succession game presented by Jayantilal et al. (2016), to study whether there is any advantage for the child who moves first in the succession race. The results indicate that indeed the first mover advantage exists, and that the emotional cost of conflict plays an important role in determining it.

Keywords: first mover advantage; FMA; sibling rivalry; family firm; succession; game theory.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAMS.2019.101005

International Journal of Applied Management Science, 2019 Vol.11 No.3, pp.243 - 254

Received: 26 Apr 2018
Accepted: 14 Sep 2018

Published online: 01 Jul 2019 *

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