Emotions, identity, social bonds and commitment to the family business: moderating role of controlling generation

Mohammad Rezaur Razzak*

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Purpose: Drawing on the stakeholder theory, the purpose of this study is to examine relationships between family identity, emotional attachment and binding social ties, and commitment of family firm owners to the family enterprise in the context of an emerging economy. Furthermore, this study examines whether the strength of the above relationships significantly vary between the founder generation and the subsequent generation of owners. Design/methodology/approach: A set of hypotheses is tested by applying partial least squares structural equation modeling on a sample of 357 family-owned manufacturing companies in Bangladesh. Deploying SmartPLS (v. 3.2), the path model is analyzed through bootstrapping procedure. The moderating effect is tested through multigroup analysis. Findings: The findings suggest that the relationships between emotional attachment and family identity and commitment are positive and significant, whereas the association between binding social ties and commitment was not significant. Furthermore, a multigroup analysis revealed that there is a significant difference between the founder generation and their next generation in terms of influence of binding social ties and family identity on commitment, whereas there appears to be no difference in terms of emotional attachment and commitment between the two generations. Practical implications: This study shows that compared to the founder generation, the next generation prioritizes family identity and social bonds, which leads to greater levels of collective commitment to the organization. Such knowledge may provide clues to incumbent family-firm leaders by identifying the areas where they need to emphasize in generating greater levels of commitment among their successors. Originality/value: To the best of the author’s knowledge, this appears to be the first such study that provides a nuanced understanding of how family generation in control of the family firm influences the relationships between psychosocial components of socioemotional wealth and collective commitment of the owners of family firms in the context of an emerging economy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1392-1415
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 20 2023


  • Business enterprise
  • Emerging economies
  • Emerging markets
  • Family business
  • Family commitment
  • Family firm
  • Family generation
  • Socioemotional wealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing
  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management

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