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Family entrepreneurship and internationalization strategies

Vanessa Ratten (La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia)
Veland Ramadani (South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia)
Leo-Paul Dana (Montpellier Business School, Montpellier, France)
Frank Hoy (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA)
Joao Ferreira (NECE Research Unit, University of Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal)

Review of International Business and Strategy

ISSN: 2059-6014

Article publication date: 5 June 2017




The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of family entrepreneurship and internationalization strategies by discussing the papers in this special journal issue.


The main research areas related to family business are discussed in terms of socioemotional wealth and societal trends. A review of the literature is conducted to highlight the emerging themes affecting the decision of family businesses to internationalize.


The paper stresses how it is important to have an entrepreneurial approach to internationalization of family businesses.

Research limitations/implications

As more family businesses are born globals, it is important to focus on the positive aspects of internationalization, including emerging markets and gaining important entrepreneurial knowledge.

Practical implications

Family businesses need to be more innovative and risk-taking in their approach to internationalization as it helps them build their reputation and increase performance.


As there are limited studies about family entrepreneurship and internationalization in terms of a broad view of family, this paper takes an inclusive approach to the changing nature of how a family is defined in today’s global society.



Ratten, V., Ramadani, V., Dana, L.-P., Hoy, F. and Ferreira, J. (2017), "Family entrepreneurship and internationalization strategies", Review of International Business and Strategy, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 150-160.



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