Family firms are an ever growing business and now accounts for half of all employment in Sweden. Family firms have been found to differ from non-family firms in different aspects, and these differences have been studied a lot by researchers. For example, research has shown that family firms use financial information in decision-making in smaller extent than non-family firms, while they also appear to perform better than them. This despite the fact that financial information has been alleged to be an important basis of decision making for companies in general. This raises interest in examining how family entrepreneurs use financial information when making decisions, and what role it plays.
The purpose with this study is that by the family entrepreneurs explore the use of financial information by studying the decision making for long term and recurring decisions that family entrepreneurs face. Therefore, the study research question is how family entrepreneurs use financial information as a basis for decision making.
By entering the study with an abductive approach, the theories rational decision theory, bounded rationality and decision irrationality work as inspiration to find patterns and trend that point to how family entrepreneurs use financial information when making decisions. In order to gain an understanding of this, a qualitative study is made by using semi-structured interviews.
The conclusion of this study is that the use of financial information is affected by how much family spirit exists in the firm, which is explained by the degree of transparency and the need of control. Larger family spirit contributes to that financial information is used to a lesser extent in long term decisions, and to a greater extent in recurrent decisions. Companies with smaller family spirit tend to use as much financial as non-financial information on both long-term and recurring decisions.
|Date of Award||2013-Jul-09|
|Supervisor||Eva Lövstål (Supervisor) & Timurs Umans (Examiner)|
- Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics
- 15 HE credits
Swedish Standard Keywords
- Economics and Business (502)
- family firms
- financial information
- decision making