Internationalization of Family-Controlled Firms : A Study of the Effects of External Involvement in Governance

in Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 36 (6)

ISSN : 1042-2587

Arregle, Jean-Luc (19..-....) ; Nordqvist, Mattias ; NALDI, Lucia ; Hitt, Michael A.

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This research focuses on family-controlled firms as an important type of family firms, and demonstrates how external parties in the governance (ownership and board of directors) can serve as a catalyst for their internationalization. Our framework also embraces the moderating effects of the competitive environmental heterogeneity and past performance on the relationship between external, nonfamily involvement in governance, and internationalization (scale and scope). The hypotheses are tested ... on a sample of 351 Swedish familycontrolled firms. Our findings extend previous research on family firms and their internationalization, especially addressing some of the prior mixed findings, and offers implications for both theory and practice.

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