Jan-Philipp Ahrens

Jan-Philipp Ahrens
Universität Mannheim ·  Business School

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Leading the interdisciplinary family firm researchgroup (Forschungsgruppe Familienunternehmen) at University of Mannheim

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Introduction
Jan-Philipp Ahrens is currently Assistant Professor (Habilitand) of the Area Management and Junior Faculty Member at the Faculty of Business Studies at University of Mannheim. With a focus on sustainability, social impact, and digitalization, he teaches Family Business Management, Strategic Management & Organization, International Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, and Applied Econometrics at the chair of SME Research and Entrepreneurship.
Additional affiliations
March 2019 - present
Mannheim Business School
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Mannheim Business School: MBA Rankings of Economist, Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes: 1st in Germany. Teaching fields: Management, Strategic & International Management, Organization, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Family Firms, CEOs, German Mittelstand.
April 2016 - May 2022
Universität Mannheim
Position
  • Group Leader
Description
  • Department of Business Studies, Management Area, Fields: Management, Strategic & International Management, Organization, Family Firms, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, CEOs
Education
April 2016 - April 2022
Universität Mannheim
Field of study
  • Business Studies
August 2011 - June 2013
Ludwigs-Maximillians-Universität München
Field of study
  • Economics
February 2010 - August 2011
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Field of study
  • Economics

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Publications (76)
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CALL FOR PAPERS The call for paper 2022 is now open! Submission platform and registration will open soon. The submission deadline is 15 June 2022. Short description: TRACK: ENTREPRENEURS, ENTREPRENEURIAL FAMILIES, AND FAMILY FIRMS This is a general track dedicated to exploring entrepreneurial persons, entrepreneurial teams, entrepreneurial familie...
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This track is dedicated to empirical methods (quantitative and qualitative) and theory advancement at the intersection of PERFORAMANCE, GOALS, and BEHAVIOR IN FAMILY FIRMS. This year there is a special focus on DIGITALIZATION (including COVID-19 related challenges) and SUSTAINABILITY. From a methodological point of view, we also welcome CRITICAL a...
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The special sessions series opens up with a book launch session (10-12 CET) of freshly published edited collection in "Family Business and Regional Development" (Routledge) is the first of its kind to connect the fields of regional and family business studies. The electronic version is available as open access! https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/o...
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If you are interested in contribution to this special session, please submit your abstract following the instruction on the RSA web site: https://www.regionalstudies.org/events/rinr2021/ by March 17th, 2021. This session is linked to a special issue in an impact-factor peer-reviewed journal, submitting authors will be informed about this possibili...
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Innovation in the context of succession in family firms remains largely unexplored in empirical research. We investigate the post-succession innovation output of family and non-family CEO successors in family businesses using a sample of 455 German family firm successions. From a resource- and knowledge-based perspective, we examine how successor o...
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Developing and keeping a community motivated is critical for success, particularly in self-hosted crowdfunding. Existing research has identified social capital as an important driver of such endeavors. However, the process of how social capital can be developed, managed, and targeted towards a common goal in digital settings is mostly unknown. Appl...
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Kernergebnisse Einfluss Management-/Gesellschafterstrukturen in Familienunternehmen –– Unternehmen, insbesondere Familienunternehmen, die ausschließlich von Frauen geführt werden, weisen eine höhere Rendite auf. –– Frauen in der Geschäftsführung von Familienunternehmen neigen zu einem vorsichtigeren Gebrauch der liquiden Mittel. –– 23 Prozent der b...
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By harnessing a unique dataset on goal setting in 456 firms with different levels of family involvement, this study demonstrates a non-linear relationship between family involvement and stakeholder-oriented goal pursuit. According to our analyses, a pivotal antecedent of this link is the pursuit of goals associated with sovereignty (i.e. indivisibl...
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Turnaround performance of corporations remains a specific discipline, an arcane field with many unanswered questions. In this research, we clear some of the smoke by elucidating how identity of those at the helm of the firm shapes turnaround strategy and performance. We contribute a dynamic model of identity, which relates identity to changing soci...
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The family business literature describes the dynamic in which old executives phase out and successors phase in as a “succession dance”. Research on under what circumstances predecessors remain active following CEO succession is scarce. We analyze what drives continued predecessor CEO involvement post succession and the degree of their involvement b...
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Stewardship is a key factor to explain family firm performance. Learning stewardship behavior in family firms is frequently achieved through the experiences the upper echelon gains through active involvement, i.e. time spent inside the family firm prior to the succession. However, research based on the behavioral theory of the firm and inspired by...
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Preprint - subject to change - Bookchapter, forthcoming, in: The Entrepreneurship SIG at the European Academy of Management: New Horizons with Strong Traditions, vol.2.
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Turnaround performance of corporations remains a specific discipline, an arcane field with many unanswered questions. In this research, we clear some of the smoke by elucidating how identity of those at the helm of the firm shapes turnaround strategy and performance. We contribute a dynamic model of identity, which relates identity to changing soci...
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Stewardship is a key factor to explain family firm performance. Learning stewardship behavior in family firms is frequently achieved through the experiences the upper echelon gains through active involvement, i.e. time spent inside the family firm prior to the succession. However, research based on the behavioral theory of the firm and inspired by...
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Turnaround performance of corporations remains a specific discipline, an arcane field with many unanswered questions. In this research, we clear some of the smoke by elucidating how identity of those at the helm of the firm shapes turnaround strategy and performance. We contribute a dynamic model of identity, which relates identity to changing soci...
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Empirical studies examining firm performance following CEO succession in family firms predominantly document inferior performance of family successors. This evidence is at odds with general theoretical literature that attests a positive effect of family involvement inside the firm. To explore this enigma, we theoretically and empirically disentangl...
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Empirical studies examining firm performance following CEO succession in family firms frequently and consentaneously document inferior performance of family successors. This evidence is at odds with general theoretical literature that attests a positive effect of family influence inside the firm. To explore this enigma, this research disentangles t...
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Early research on succession in owner-led family firms described succession as a process of mutual role adjustment. This means the parallel lessening of the previous owner's involvement (POI) while a new generation family member gradually takes office as new CEO and owner. In this article, we analyze the performance impact of the frequent phenomeno...
Technical Report
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Studie im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) Autoren, ifm Universität Mannheim: René Leicht Stefan Berwing Ralf Philipp Nora Block Niclas Rüffer Jan-Philipp Ahrens Co-Autoren, ism Mainz: Nadine Förster Ralf Sänger Julia Siebert
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This study aims to explain the relationship between degree of family influence, and non-economic goal sets in family and non-family firms as well as the relationship among these goals sets. Using the behavioral theory and SEW literature, we hypothesize that firms scoring higher in a continuous FPEC scale give higher importance to the non-economic g...
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Eine Vergleichende Analyse für die Metropolregion Rhein Neckar 2016
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Employing a unique data set on CEO successions, we analyze the enterprise performance implications prolonged predecessor CEO activity subsequent to a CEO succession. Drawing on agency theory and upper echelon theory, we find that whether a positive or negative performance is observed is highly context specific. Using 2SLS-IV regressions, we find that...
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This presentation explores the phenomenon of continued predecessor activity in the aftermath of a CEO succession in family firms. Special attention is given to the performance impact of predecessor activity and the human capital of the successor. We find that the likelihood of predecessor activity is increased by family succession, nepotism and tac...
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Continued post-succession engagement of CEO predecessors is a common phenomenon in family firm successions. The literature describes successions as an evolutionary process where the old executive phases out and his successor phases in. However, research on the exact circumstances under which a predecessor remains active subsequent to a CEO successi...
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The empirical literature considering effects of CEO succession on post-succession performance in family firms highlights inferior performance of family successors. By viewing successions as ruled signaling contests, we argue a family succession is not detrimental per se. Instead, we theorize concentrated ownership structures induce cases where cont...
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We analyze corporate changes and performance during CEO successions in family firms. We find that the sum of managerial actions is positively related to enterprise performance. Our interpretation is that improvement potentials accumulated in pre-succession periods due to Stale-in-the-Saddle effects and the Icarus Paradox. In particular reviews of e...
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Reviews of the literature reveal that empirical work on gender and CEO successions in family firms is still rare. Building on a unique data set of CEO successions, we investigate labor market constraints in CEO succession contests in family firms with concentrated ownership. We find that a preference for male family heirs limits labor market select...
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Continued post-succession engagement of CEO predecessors is a common phenomenon in family firm successions. The literature describes successions as an evolutionary process where the old executive phases out and his successor phases in. However, research on the exact circumstances under which a predecessor remains active subsequent to a CEO successio...
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The empirical literature considering effects of CEO succession on post-succession performance in family firms highlights inferior performance of family successors. By viewing successions as ruled signaling contests, we argue a family succession is not detrimental per se. Instead, we theorize concentrated ownership structures induce cases where cont...
Conference Paper
We analyze corporate changes and performance during CEO successions in family firms. We find that the sum of managerial actions is positively related to enterprise performance. Our interpretation is that improvement potentials accumulated in pre-succession periods due to Stale-in-the-Saddle effects and the Icarus Paradox. In particular reviews of e...
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We analyze corporate changes and performance during CEO successions in family firms. We find that the sum of managerial actions is positively related to enterprise performance. Our interpretation is that improvement potentials accumulated in pre-succession periods due to Stale-in-the-Saddle effects and the Icarus Paradox. In particular reviews of e...
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This article explores the phenomenon of continued predecessor activity in the aftermath of a CEO succession in family firms. Special attention is given to the performance impact of predecessor activity and the human capital of the successor. We find that the likelihood of predecessor activity is increased by family succession, nepotism and tacit kn...
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This article explores the phenomenon of continued predecessor activity in the aftermath of a CEO succession in family firms. Special attention is given to the performance impact of predecessor activity and the human capital of the successor. We find that the likelihood of predecessor activity is increased by family succession, nepotism and tacit kn...
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Even though there exists a considerable amount of literature on CEO successions in family firms, there is relatively little research on organizational changes during successions and the role of predecessors therein. What is more, there is predominantly anecdotal evidence on how predecessor activity subsequent to succession either hinders or prom...
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Devising a unique data set we analyze corporate changes and enterprise performance during CEO successions in family firms. High human capital successors implement more changes when compared to low human capital successors. In addition, an enterprise external origin of the successor and a male gender are positively linked to the amount of changes. F...
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Employing a unique data set on CEO successions, we analyze the circumstances under which departing CEOs stay active within their enterprise subsequent to a CEO succession and highlight enterprise performance implications. We find that the likelihood of predecessor activity is increased by family succession, nepotism and tacit knowledge, but reduced...
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Employing a unique data set on CEO successions, we analyze the circumstances under which departing CEOs stay active within their enterprise subsequent to a CEO succession and highlight enterprise performance implications. We find that the likelihood of predecessor activity is increased by family succession, nepotism and tacit knowledge, but reduced...
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We consider the effects of CEO successions on performance in family firms. By evaluating a unique data set, we find that firms which exclusively install relatives or heirs as CEO successors perform worse as compared to firms allowing a larger pool of successors. We observe that family heirs perform worse than external successors on average, which m...
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Chapter 1: Nepotism - CEO Succession, Ownership and Enterprise Performance By JAN-PHILIPP AHRENS, SANDRA GOTTSCHALK, AND MICHAEL WOYWODE We consider the effects of CEO successions on enterprise performance in medium-sized enterprises with strong ownership concentration (family firms). By evaluating an unique data set we show that firms which ins...

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This is the project page for the family firm track at the annual Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research: https://www.iecer-conference.org/
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*** Registration is still open until 14th of November! Link: http://www.forum-mittelstandsforschung.de/?page_id=1417 *** Online, Germany, November 16th/17th, 2020 *** 6th International Research Forum on Mittelstand It is our pleasure to invite you to join us at the biennial conference which will be held digitally on November 16th/17th 2020. In its sixth edition, the conference aims to serve as a distinguished platform for developing academic articles in a structured, stimulating, challenging and friendly environment as well as for networking. Moreover, the forum promotes exchange with decision-makers. There will be an opportunity to discuss and reflect findings with invited entrepreneurs, family firm and hidden champion leaders. There will be unique publishing opportunities for submitting authors, as papers nominated for one of the three best paper awards and competitively selected papers will be invited to submit to one of the two special issues (Journal of Family Business Strategy [Impact Factor: 3.2] and The German Journal of Economic Geography [Impact Factor: 0.8]) which are connected to the conference. Moreover, there will be the opportunity to discuss your work with the editors of the field’s leading journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Family Business Strategy and Management Review Quarterly. The tracks are connected to various disciplines such as business studies, economics, sociology, psychology, geography and history. In addition to that, there will be two moderated panel discussions as keynote events; one with leading scholars and another with hidden champions. Furthermore, there will be plenty of room to network digitally and social evening events including the performance of a rock band, a digital escape room game and the broadcast of an e-sports challenge that is held uniquely for the conference! Important deadlines: November 14th, 2020 – Conference registration deadline for participants *** Conference Registration: http://www.forum-mittelstandsforschung.de/?page_id=69
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Analyzing the effects of pre-succession firm experience of CEO on post-succession firm performance and strategic actions