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Family business internationalisation and networks: emerging pathways

Katerina Kampouri (Department of Business Administration, School of Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece)
Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki (Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK)
Tanja Leppäaho (Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics, Jyväskylä University, Jyväskylä, Finland)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Article publication date: 3 April 2017




The aim of this study is twofold: to provide a meta-synthesis of the current state of knowledge in family business (FB) internationalisation research, adopting a network perspective, and to highlight emerging themes that may set the stage for future work on FB internationalisation, for the benefit of researchers adopting a network perspective.


To address the twofold purpose of the study, the current paper provides a state-of-the-art review of 25 peer-reviewed journal articles published from 1993 to 2014. This study also presents a meta-synthesis of the theoretical approaches, key findings and concepts that were pinpointed in the review, and proposes emerging key themes that are likely to set the stage for future work within this specific field.


The results indicated that since the mid-1990s, research in the field from a network perspective has mainly focused on three aspects, namely, the role of networks and relationships in the internationalisation process, the factors that influence network formation and strategic/managerial issues in the formation and building of network ties. The current paper pinpoints emerging themes within these three aspects and proposes future pathways.

Research limitations/implications

The review and meta-synthesis are restricted to 25 studies identified in this specific field.


This study comprises an initial attempt to encompass the interface of FB internationalisation and networks.



The authors thank the two anonymous reviewers for their insightful and constructive comments.


Kampouri, K., Plakoyiannaki, E. and Leppäaho, T. (2017), "Family business internationalisation and networks: emerging pathways", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 32 No. 3, pp. 357-370.



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