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Franchising and the family firm : Creating unique sources of advantage through “familiness”

Chirico, Francesco ; Ireland, R. Duane ; Sirmon, David G.

In: Entrepreneurship theory and practice, 2011, vol. 35, no. 3, p. 483-501

The paucity of research examining family firms engaged with franchising is surprising. We theorize about differences in franchising behavior between family and non-family firms and the relative advantages accruing to family firms in this context. We also explore how selection processes tend to lead to family franchisor / family franchisee matches that enable a more effective sharing of... Plus

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    Summary
    The paucity of research examining family firms engaged with franchising is surprising. We theorize about differences in franchising behavior between family and non-family firms and the relative advantages accruing to family firms in this context. We also explore how selection processes tend to lead to family franchisor / family franchisee matches that enable a more effective sharing of complementary resources. The theoretical framework we develop is grounded in the “familiness” of the family firm as suggested by the logic of the resource-based view. Additionally, our theoretical analysis extends and complements the frequent use of agency theory as the basis for studying franchising.