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The impact of family involvement on the investments of Italian small-medium enterprises in psychically distant countries

Baroncelli, Gianpoalo, Bettinelli, Christina, Del Bosco, Barbara and Loane, Sharon (2016) The impact of family involvement on the investments of Italian small-medium enterprises in psychically distant countries. International Business Review, tbc . [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0969593116300117

DOI: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2016.01.011

Abstract

In this paper we investigate a sample of 122 Italian manufacturing small to medium-sized family firms, and analyse the effects of the degree of family involvement on their decisions to invest in psychically distant countries. Our findings indicate that higher family involvement tends to correspond to a lower number of foreign direct investments in psychically distant countries. Additionally, the firm’s age has a moderating effect on the relationship between family involvement and investments in psychically distant countries. When we analyse younger firms, family involvement turns out to be negatively associated with these investments, while this relationship is slightly positive when we consider older firms. These results allow us to move beyond family/non family owned comparative studies and provide a more nuanced view of family firm internationalization.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Family business; Internationalisation; Psychic distance; FDI; SMEs
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of International Business
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:33384
Deposited By: Dr Sharon Loane
Deposited On:04 Mar 2016 14:55
Last Modified:04 Mar 2016 14:55

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