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

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  • Vivien D. Procher

    () (Jackstaedt Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research, Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, University of Wuppertal)

  • Diemo Urbig

    (Jackstaedt Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research, Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, University of Wuppertal)

  • Christine Volkmann

    (Jackstaedt Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research, Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, University of Wuppertal)

Abstract

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 homogenous attractiveness cluster for FDI.

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  • Vivien D. Procher & Diemo Urbig & Christine Volkmann, 2013. "Time to BRIC it? Internationalization of European family firms in Europe, North America and the BRIC countries," Schumpeter Discussion Papers sdp13004, Universitätsbibliothek Wuppertal, University Library.
  • Handle: RePEc:bwu:schdps:sdp13004
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    Keywords

    foreign direct investment; family firms; BRIC;

    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure

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