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The Determinants of International Performance for Family Firms: Understanding the Effects of Resources, Capabilities, and Market Orientation

Lobo, C. A., Fernandes, C., Ferreira, J. J. M., Veiga, P. M., Gerschewski, Stephan (2021) The Determinants of International Performance for Family Firms: Understanding the Effects of Resources, Capabilities, and Market Orientation. In: European International Business Academy (EIBA) Conference Madrid 2021, 10 - 12 Dec 2021, Madrid, Spain. (Unpublished) (KAR id:92283)


Family firms (FFs) tend to display specific characteristics that differentiate them from non-family companies. In addition to the importance that FFs hold for the economic structure of many countries, their characteristics have motivated a wide range of research studies, including succession, corporate governance, and strategic management. The purpose of our study is to examine the role of resources, capabilities, and market orientation, and how these facets can impact on the international performance of FFs. To this end, we administered a web-based questionnaire to a sample of 212 small and medium-sized FFs based in Portugal. In terms of the research methodology, we applied structural equation modelling (SEM) to test our hypotheses. We found that not only do resources and capabilities return a positive impact on the market orientation, but also the combination of resources and capabilities and the market orientation can positively influence the international performance of FFs. Our research contributes both to theory and FF management practises by analysing the strategic orientations adopted in internationalisation processes and the empirical relevance held by resources and capabilities. More specifically, proactivity (i.e., market orientation), a network of contacts (i.e., resources) and assuming risks, mitigated by knowledge about the external market (i.e., capabilities), can enable the achievement of superior international performance for FFs.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: family firm; resource; capability; resource-based view; RBV; market orientation; SME; small business; international performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5351 Business
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Depositing User: Stephan Gerschewski
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2021 06:33 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2021 11:55 UTC
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Gerschewski, Stephan.

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