JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT POLICY AND PRACTICE
Do Family Cohesion and Family Member Skill Evaluation Affect Family
Business Internal or External Hiring Decisions?
Author(s): George S. Vozikis, K. Mark Weaver, Eric W. Liguori
Citation: George S. Vozikis, K. Mark Weaver, Eric W. Liguori, (2013) "Do Family Cohesion and Family Member Skill Evaluation Affect Family Business Internal or External Hiring Decisions?," Journal of Management Policy and Practice, Vol. 14, Iss. 1, pp. 75 - 89
Article Type: Research paper
Publisher: North American Business Press
A number of research studies have pointed out that significant differences exist between family and nonfamily
firms, and these differences are most pronounced in the area of human resources (Dunn, 1995).
For example, some studies found that human resources decisions in family businesses are influenced
more by family values and personality traits than by objective performance measures (Welsh & Klandt,
1997). Family values and culture create a filter in the decision-making process that complicates human
resource issues such as selecting and training a family member. The present article attempts to make a
contribution to the body of knowledge on family businesses concerning the extent to which family
cohesion influences the selection criteria, the evaluation process and the training of family members.
Because of the fact that this was a pilot study and employed only a small sample of family firms, the
findings are still in need of further investigation and cannot be generalized.