The role of family ties in agency contracts

Luis Gomez-Mejia, Manuel Nuñez-Nickel, Isabel Gutierrez

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Drawing on data based on the entire population of Spanish newspapers over 27 years (1966-93), this study shows that firm performance and business risk are much stronger predictors of chief executive tenure when a firm's owners and its executive have family ties and that the organizational consequences of CEO dismissal are more favorable when the replaced CEO is a member of the family owning the firm. The study also demonstrates that executives operating under weakly relational (less ambiguous) contracts are held more accountable for firm performance and business risk outcomes even under nonfamily contracting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-95
Number of pages15
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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