Internationalization pathways among family-owned SMEs

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dc.contributor.author Kontinen, Tanja
dc.contributor.author Ojala, Arto
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-05T08:29:57Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-05T08:29:57Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Kontinen, T., & Ojala, A. (2012). Internationalization pathways among family-owned SMEs. International Marketing Review, 29 (5), 496 - 518. doi:10.1108/02651331211260359 fi
dc.identifier.issn 0265-1335
dc.identifier.other TUTKAID_51889
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/38463
dc.description.abstract Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to increase understanding of the internationalization of family firms; to investigate how the framework by Bell et al. on the internationalization patterns of firms could explain the internationalization pathways taken by family-owned small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); and to identify typical patterns and features in the various pathways taken by family-owned SMEs. Design/methodology/approach: This paper reports findings from an in-depth multiple case study with eight Finnish family-owned SMEs. Findings: The ownership structure had the most important role in defining the internationalization pathways followed by the family-owned SMEs: a fragmented ownership structure led to traditional internationalization pathway whereas a concentrated ownership base led to born global or born-again global pathways. Practical implications: Family entrepreneurs should carefully consider the division of ownership and seek to build new relationships in foreign markets, in addition to their primary co-operators. Originality/value: The authors extend the integrative model of small firm internationalization by Bell et al. toward family-owned SMEs and highlight the most important dimensions in the different internationalization pathways of family SMEs. The ownership dimension is integrated within discussion on differing internationalization pathways. The authors utilize a family business specific perspective (the stewardship perspective), in order to understand the specific features of internationalization among family SMEs, and also how these features differ between family SMEs and other firms. fi
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Emerald
dc.relation.ispartof International Marketing Review
dc.rights © Emerald. This is an author's final draft version of an article whose final and definitive version has been published in the journal 'International Marketing Review' by Emerald.
dc.subject.other Family firms fi
dc.subject.other Family SMEs fi
dc.subject.other Finland fi
dc.subject.other International business fi
dc.subject.other Internationalization fi
dc.subject.other Ownership fi
dc.subject.other Pathways fi
dc.subject.other Small to medium-sized enterprises fi
dc.subject.other Stewardship fi
dc.title Internationalization pathways among family-owned SMEs
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201208312289
dc.subject.kota 512
dc.contributor.laitos Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.laitos Tietojenkäsittelytieteiden laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics en
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Computer Science and Information Systems en
dc.contributor.oppiaine Yrittäjyys fi
dc.contributor.oppiaine Tietoyhteiskunta, viestintä ja liiketoiminta fi
jyx.tutka.volyme 29
jyx.tutka.mnumber 5
jyx.tutka.pagetopage 496 - 518
dc.type.uri http://purl.org/eprint/type/SubmittedJournalArticle
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/02651331211260359
dc.date.updated 2012-08-31T03:30:06Z
eprint.status http://purl.org/eprint/type/status/PeerReviewed

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