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Title:Family firm internationalization: Influence of familiness on the Spanish firm export activity PDF Logo
Authors:Merino, Fernando
Monreal-Pérez, Joaquín
Sánchez-Marín, Gregorio
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Kiel Working Paper 1770
Abstract: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.
Subjects:Family SMEs
Export activity
Familiness
Spanish firms
F-PEC scale
JEL:D22
M16
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des IfW
Kieler Arbeitspapiere, IfW

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