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Family Firm Internationalization: Influence of Familiness on the Spanish Firm Export Activity

  • Fernando Merino
  • Joaquín Monreal-Pérez
  • Gregorio Sánchez-Marín

This paper studies the determinants of the export activity of family SMEs, disentangling the three main dimensions that comprise the concept of familiness: power, experience, and culture. The results, using the F-PEC scale over a sample of 500 Spanish SMEs, show that this approach identifies the determinants that explain the export activity of family SMEs better than a simple dichotomous approach. Specifically, we find that the expertise transmitted from different generations and the family culture orientation to the firm positively affect the international activities of family SMEs; however, the composition of the firm control–management does not have any significant influence on internationalization

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1770.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2012
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1770
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