Deciphering Ownership of Family Business Groups



Family business groups are highly complex ownership structures. In this chapter, we suggest that owning a family business group needs to create benefits that overcome the transaction costs and ownership costs emerging from the complexities of ownership. We separate the effects of ownership into two main categories: the legal effects and the emotional effects. In terms of legal ownership, the control over the business and its resources suggests a freedom to operate the businesses and claims on their resources, to append new businesses to the FBG, to organize their relationships between the separate businesses and to exit from the businesses at will. The emotional benefits include the service of the owners’ self-deserving interests, positive effects on the family cohesion and togetherness and growth in social recognition and status. It seems that ownership along with its multiple effects may play a more vital role in explaining the development of family business groups than has been previously thought.


Family business groups Legal ownership Psychological ownership Social ownership Family business succession 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Engineering ScienceLappeenranta University of TechnologyLahtiFinland
  2. 2.Department of Management StudiesUniversity of Minnesota DuluthDuluthUSA
  3. 3.Organisation Behavior & Human Resources Management (OB&HRM)Indian Institute of Management IndoreIndoreIndia
  4. 4.LUT School of Business and ManagementLappeenranta University of TechnologyLahtiFinland

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