PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of family entrepreneurship and internationalization strategies by discussing the papers in this special journal issue.Design/methodology/approachThe main research areas related to family business are discussed in terms of socioemotional wealth and societal trends. A review of the literature is conducted to highlight the emerging themes affecting the decision of family businesses to internationalize.FindingsThe paper stresses how it is important to have an entrepreneurial approach to internationalization of family businesses.Research limitations/implicationsAs more family businesses are born globals, it is important to focus on the positive aspects of internationalization, including emerging markets and gaining important entrepreneurial knowledge.Practical implicationsFamily businesses need to be more innovative and risk-taking in their approach to internationalization as it helps them build their reputation and increase performance.Originality/valueAs there are limited studies about family entrepreneurship and internationalization in terms of a broad view of family, this paper takes an inclusive approach to the changing nature of how a family is defined in today’s global society.
Review of International Business and Strategy – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 5, 2017
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