Enhancing Enterprise Family Social Capital Through Family Governance: An Identity Perspective

Maarten de Groot, Oli Mihalache, Tom Elfring

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Despite significant discussion surrounding the benefits of family social capital in family business research, precisely how it is built and maintained by enterprise families remains unclear. To explore how and when family governance practices can avoid the decay of enterprise family social capital, we examine the mediating role of family identity and the significance of both generational and business ownership. Testing of our moderated mediation framework using data from 175 enterprise families globally suggests that family governance can stimulate family social capital by strengthening family identity. We also find a negative moderating role for business ownership in this indirect relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-328
Number of pages23
JournalFamily Business Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep. 2022


  • enterprise family
  • family governance
  • family identity
  • social capital


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