The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the emerging literature stream of family business (FB) internationalisation. Its purpose is twofold: first, to provide empirical evidence on the motives, facilitators and obstacles and second, to understand different pathways and entry modes of FB internationalisation.
The authors employ a multiple case study design that draws on various sources of data and examines eight Greek companies in the apiculture sector.
The case study evidence brings to the fore the existence of various motives, facilitators and obstacles to FB internationalisation in Greece. Moreover, it fleshes out the “e-born global” FB that employs a digital entry mode and heavily relies on new technologies in order to identify international opportunities and reduce information asymmetries in foreign markets. Such an entry mode allowed the investigated firms to achieve a speedy entry to foreign countries and compete in geographically distant markets.
Understanding FB internationalisation may assist governments in adopting policies for stimulating outward activities of domestic firms.
The results provide important insights into how FBs enter foreign markets and use technology in their internationalisation efforts.
The authors thank the two anonymous reviewers for their insightful and constructive comments. Moreover, the authors would like to thank all the respondents of the case study firms who participated in this research.
Plakoyiannaki, E., Pavlos Kampouri, A., Stavraki, G. and Kotzaivazoglou, I. (2014), "Family business internationalisation through a digital entry mode", Marketing Intelligence & Planning, Vol. 32 No. 2, pp. 190-207. https://doi.org/10.1108/MIP-01-2013-0016
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