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Old habits die hard: A tale of two failed companies and unwanted inheritance

Amankwah-Amoah, J. (2013) Old habits die hard: A tale of two failed companies and unwanted inheritance. Journal of Business Research, 67 (9). pp. 1894-1903. ISSN 0148-2963. (doi:10.1016/j.jbusres.2013.11.053) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:57789)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2013.11.053

Abstract

This article examines whether state-owned enterprises inherit the problems and stigmas resulting from the actions and inactions of their predecessor firms. In this direction, we advance two main theories of inherited background: the "wanted inheritance" and "sins of the father" perspective. We shed light on this issue using the cautionary tale of two failed companies: Ghana Airways (GA) and Ghana International Airlines (GIA). Our data indicate that GIA acquired some wanted inheritance such as former employees and their expertise, but this was accompanied by unwanted inheritance such as tainted 'image' and years of dissatisfaction of their customers from Ghana Airways, which affected its operations and precipitated its untimely demise. We conclude by outlining the implications of our findings for management and governments. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2013.11.053
Uncontrolled keywords: Brand, Ghana, Global competition, Inherited problems, Reputation, State-owned enterprises
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Depositing User: Joseph Amankwah-Amoah
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2016 15:31 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:23 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57789 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Amankwah-Amoah, J.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0383-5831
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