N. Gerulaitienė “Family firm decision-makers’ dynamic managerial capabilities and firm innovativeness ” doctoral dissertation defence

Thesis Defense

Author, Institution: Neringa Gerulaitienė, Kaunas University of Technology

Science area, field of science: Social Sciences, Management, S003

Scientific Supervisor: Prof. dr. Asta Pundzienė (Kaunas University of Technology, Social Sciences, Management, S003)

Dissertation Defence Board of Management Science Field:
Prof. Dr. Monika Petraitė (Kaunas University of Technology, Social Sciences, Management, S003) – chairperson
Prof. Dr. Edita Gimžauskienė (Kaunas University of Technology, Social Sciences, Management, S003)
Prof. Dr. Lina Kaminskienė (Vytautas Magnus University, Social Sciences, Management, S003)
Prof. Dr. Asta Savanevičienė (Kaunas University of Technology, Social Sciences, Management, S003)
Prof. Dr. Maaja Vadi (University of Tartu , Estonia, Social Sciences, Management, S003)

The dissertation defence takes place online.

The doctoral dissertation is available at the library of Kaunas University of Technology (K. Donelaičio g. 20, Kaunas).

Annotation:

This doctoral dissertation applies the approach of dynamic managerial capabilities to the family business literature to explain how a firm’s innovativeness is affected by decision-makers of the family firm. The empirical research was based on the exploratory – sequential mixed research design. The exploratory – sequential approach consisted first of qualitative research, and, secondly, of quantitative research. After qualitative research, the three dynamic managerial capabilities of the family firm decision-makers were specified – emotion regulation, networking capabilities, and knowledge – that make an effect on the family firm innovativeness. The settled dynamic managerial capabilities of the decision-makers in family firms contribute and extend the pool of resources of the family firm innovativeness via familiness. It was found that not only the manager but also other family members, especially the spouse of the family firm owner, contribute to and extend the dynamic managerial capabilities that are crucial to family firm innovativeness. Spouses could both help and hinder family firm innovativeness. Quantitative research confirmed that the emotion regulation has a positive direct effect on the family firm innovativeness. The relationship between emotion regulation and the family firm innovativeness could be strengthened when the control variable (the family firm manager) and the moderator (family involvement in the firm’s activities) are involved.

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