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Time to BRIC it? Internationalization of European family firms in Europe, North America and the BRIC countries

  • V. D. Procher
  • D. Urbig
  • C. Volkmann

For a sample of 1243 European companies, we analyse the link between firm type and foreign direct investment (FDI) locations. We find substantial empirical evidence that being a family firm does not only affect the overall propensity for FDI, but that this effect is also specific to target regions. Overall, family firms invest more than managerial-led firms, particularly in Europe and North America. Furthermore, the BRIC countries, Brazil, Russia, India and China do not constitute a homogeneous attractiveness cluster for FDI.

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Volume (Year): 20 (2013)
Issue (Month): 16 (November)
Pages: 1466-1471

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