Innovativeness in family firms: an internationalization approach

RATTEN, Vanessa and TAJEDDINI, Kayhan (2017). Innovativeness in family firms: an internationalization approach. Review of International Business and Strategy, 27 (2), 217-230.

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Purpose – This 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/approach – Multiple case studies were carried out with several family businesses in the information technology industry in Australia. Findings – The 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/implications – If family firms focus more on becoming more innovative, then they will stand a better chance to successfully enter more international markets. Originality/value – The 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. Keywords Innovation, Family, Internationalization, International business, Resource-based view, Family business, Strategy, Opportunity identification

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Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School > Department of Service Sector Management
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Page Range: 217-230
Depositing User: Kayhan Tajeddini
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2018 13:43
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:46

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