Influence of CEO characteristics in family firms internationalization

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International Business Review
  • Volumen: 26
  • Número: 4
  • Fecha: 01 agosto 2017
  • Páginas: 786-799
  • ISSN: 09695931
  • Tipo de fuente: Revista
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2017.01.007
  • Tipo de documento: Artículo
  • Editorial: Elsevier Ltd
© 2017 Elsevier LtdThis research uses a survey dataset of 187 Spanish family firms to study the characteristics that may influence family firms in their decision of internationalize their activity. Based on individual and demographic variables, the study concludes that the CEO academic level of achievement influences the level of success in international expansion. In addition, the capacity for generating resources of the family firm provokes a lower resistance from family members to export. Moreover, we confirm that industry characteristics do matter in internationalization processes, noting that the specific market, product/service and technology characteristics influence the family firm internationalization. Contrary to expectations, the gender variable and the percentage of family members sitting on the board do not significantly predict the propensity to export. Our findings suggest family firm leaders seeking greater levels of firm internationalization to seriously consider the qualification level of their CEO. These insights can be useful for regulators who have to develop programs for supporting sales internationalization, as well as owners and managers of family firms, who need to understand the CEO abilities that may improve their capacity to internationalize their business.

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