Research Summary: The unique preferences of family firms may lead to internationalization strategies that differ from those of nonfamily firms. Furthermore, heterogeneity among family firms may lead to variation in internationalization. From the mixed gamble perspective, we examine the internationalization of different types of family firms (weak family owned, strong family owned, and family owned and managed), as well as nonfamily firms, considering how differences in family involvement alter the perceptions of potential gains and losses to socioemotional and financial wealth. We also highlight the varying sensitivities of nonfamily firms and types of family firms to the effects of available and recoverable slack. Our findings underscore differences in internationalization strategies among family and nonfamily firms and demonstrate that slack alters the mixed gamble calculus of internationalization for the different types of firms.
Global Strategy Journal – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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