Founding family leadership and industry profitability

Trond Randøy*, Clay Dibrell, Justin B. Craig

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this article, we argue that firms in high-margin industries can benefit from founding family influence. Specifically, in more profitable markets, the influence of the founding family provides an additional corporate governance-monitoring function. The sample consists of 294 firm-year observations from 98 publicly traded companies headquartered in Sweden, representing approximately half of all non-financial traded firms. Our support that the effect of family leadership in publicly held firms should be assessed in relation to the intensity of industry competition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-407
Number of pages11
JournalSmall Business Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2009


  • Corporate governance
  • Founding family firms
  • Industry competition
  • Industry profit margins
  • Sweden

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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