Title: What does the owner-manager want and get out of a business? Are family firms different?

Authors: Helena Sjögrén; Pasi Syrjä; Kaisu Puumalainen; Sascha Kraus

Addresses: School of Business, Lappeenranta University of Technology, P.O. Box 20, FI-53851 Lappeenranta, Finland ' School of Business, Lappeenranta University of Technology, P.O. Box 20, FI-53851 Lappeenranta, Finland ' School of Business, Lappeenranta University of Technology, P.O. Box 20, FI-53851 Lappeenranta, Finland ' University of Liechtenstein, Fürst-Franz-Josef-Straße, 9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Abstract: This paper aims to contribute to the existing knowledge of family firms and small business management. Small business owners have to carefully balance individual and business needs when making decisions about the extraction of profits from the company, most notably in times such as the current economic downturn. In many circumstances owner-managers will sacrifice their drawings in order to secure the future growth or even the survival of the firm. This may be even more pronounced in small family businesses. First, we show that small family firms' owner-managers differ from other small firm owner-managers in terms of the amount and type of drawings they take from the company. Secondly, we examine the role of owner-manager work values as a potential link between family involvement and drawings strategy.

Keywords: family firms; family businesses; dividend distribution; owner-managers; drawings strategy; small business management; profit extraction; work values; family involvement.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2014.066838

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2014 Vol.6 No.4, pp.348 - 366

Received: 22 Jun 2012
Accepted: 22 Mar 2013

Published online: 08 Jan 2015 *

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