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Dual Case Study: The Influence of Cultural Dimensions on the Evolution of Two Family Chemical Companies in Italy and Taiwan

Dual Case Study: The Influence of Cultural Dimensions on the Evolution of Two Family Chemical... We compare the development over fifty years of two family chemical companies, leaders in their market niches: Zobele Chemical Industries (Italy) and Chemical Group of Sinon Corporation (Taiwan). We follow the evolution of the two companies from serving the domestic market through product and market expansion and finally to globalization. We conclude that their parallel but finally divergent evolutionary patterns are strongly influenced by the cultural dimensions of their countries and, to a lesser degree, by other environmental and structural factors. The insights provided by this dual case study may be of value to owners and managers of family companies, to outside investors, to global business scholars, and to national economic development officials. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Multinational Business Review Emerald Publishing

Dual Case Study: The Influence of Cultural Dimensions on the Evolution of Two Family Chemical Companies in Italy and Taiwan

Multinational Business Review , Volume 16 (2): 20 – Jun 17, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1525-383X
DOI
10.1108/1525383X200800010
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Abstract

We compare the development over fifty years of two family chemical companies, leaders in their market niches: Zobele Chemical Industries (Italy) and Chemical Group of Sinon Corporation (Taiwan). We follow the evolution of the two companies from serving the domestic market through product and market expansion and finally to globalization. We conclude that their parallel but finally divergent evolutionary patterns are strongly influenced by the cultural dimensions of their countries and, to a lesser degree, by other environmental and structural factors. The insights provided by this dual case study may be of value to owners and managers of family companies, to outside investors, to global business scholars, and to national economic development officials.

Journal

Multinational Business ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 17, 2008

Keywords: Market expansion; Globalization; Family companies

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