The impact of bridging social capital in family firms' performance: exploring the mediation role of successor's social skills
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research
Article publication date: 20 September 2021
Issue publication date: 2 November 2021
This paper investigates the impact of bridging social capital on the financial and non-financial performance of family businesses and explores the mediation role of social skills in the context of family succession.
A quantitative study, through questionnaires, was conducted among 105 Tunisian family firms that have experienced a family succession for at least one year. The PLS-SEM analysis method was used to test the research hypothesis.
Results show that an increase in external social capital is positively associated with financial performance and family-centred non-economic goals, whereas social skills mediate this positive relationship.
The proposed model aims to test the direct effect of bridging social capital on family firms' performance and exploring the mediation role of the successor's social skills.
The authors thank the anonymous reviewers and the editors for their interesting comments and recommendations. We also thank Alya Mlaiki for her helpful suggestions on an earlier version of this paper.
Funding: The author(s) received no financial support for the publication of this article.
Yezza, H., Chabaud, D., Dana, L.P. and Maalaoui, A. (2021), "The impact of bridging social capital in family firms' performance: exploring the mediation role of successor's social skills", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 27 No. 8, pp. 2009-2027. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-01-2021-0032
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