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Innovativeness in family firms: an internationalization approach

Innovativeness in family firms: an internationalization approach PurposeThis paper aims to build on opportunity identification and resource-based view theory, this paper examines the internationalization process of family firms. The role of innovativeness in influencing the internationalization rate of family firms is explored in terms of customer responsiveness, proactiveness and risk-taking.Design/methodology/approachMultiple case studies were carried out with several family businesses in the information technology industry in Australia.FindingsThe findings of this research suggest that innovativeness of family firms depends on responsiveness to customer needs in the international market while involving a degree of risk-taking. In addition, the results suggest family firms are not proactive in their pursuit of international market opportunities.Research limitations/implicationsIf family firms focus more on becoming more innovative, then they will stand a better chance to successfully enter more international markets.Originality/valueThe paper highlights the need for family firms to embrace their innovativeness as a distinctive capability for their internationalization efforts. Several new research directions that may enhance the understanding of family firm innovation and internationalization are suggested. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of International Business and Strategy Emerald Publishing

Innovativeness in family firms: an internationalization approach

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2059-6014
DOI
10.1108/RIBS-12-2016-0085
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Abstract

PurposeThis paper aims to build on opportunity identification and resource-based view theory, this paper examines the internationalization process of family firms. The role of innovativeness in influencing the internationalization rate of family firms is explored in terms of customer responsiveness, proactiveness and risk-taking.Design/methodology/approachMultiple case studies were carried out with several family businesses in the information technology industry in Australia.FindingsThe findings of this research suggest that innovativeness of family firms depends on responsiveness to customer needs in the international market while involving a degree of risk-taking. In addition, the results suggest family firms are not proactive in their pursuit of international market opportunities.Research limitations/implicationsIf family firms focus more on becoming more innovative, then they will stand a better chance to successfully enter more international markets.Originality/valueThe paper highlights the need for family firms to embrace their innovativeness as a distinctive capability for their internationalization efforts. Several new research directions that may enhance the understanding of family firm innovation and internationalization are suggested.

Journal

Review of International Business and StrategyEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 5, 2017

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