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Impact of ownership on the international involvement of SMEs

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  • Zulima Fernández

    (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Sección de Organización de Empresas, Madrid, Spain)

  • María Jesús Nieto

    (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Sección de Organización de Empresas, Madrid, Spain)

Abstract

This paper analyses the relationship between the internationalisation strategies of SMEs and types of ownership. Different types of ownership affect firms, and this in turn will influence the internationalisation strategy adopted. Using a sample of Spanish SMEs, our results show that internationalisation is negatively related to family ownership and positively related to corporate ownership. We have also observed that the presence of a corporate blockholder in family firms encourages internationalisation. These results support the idea that ownership type influences the decision to internationalise. Journal of International Business Studies (2006) 37, 340–351. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400196

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  • Zulima Fernández & María Jesús Nieto, 2006. "Impact of ownership on the international involvement of SMEs," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 37(3), pages 340-351, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:jintbs:v:37:y:2006:i:3:p:340-351
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