Locality and Internationalization of Family Firms
Baù M., Block J., Discua-Cruz A., Naldi L.
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 33(7-8), 2021
Massimo Baù, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
Joern Block, Trier University, Germany; Erasmus University, The Netherlands; Universität Witten/Herdecke, Germany
Allan Discua Cruz, Lancaster University, UK
Lucia Naldi, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
Globalization, digital technologies, societal and environmental concerns influence the way family firms operate locally and internationally. Family firms are often torn between their local and global environments, simultaneously visible and embedded in their local environment while marketing their products and services abroad. Unlike large multinationals that have often lost their roots, family firms manifest an active interest in maintaining their local roots and traditions. Moreover, increasing concerns with sustainable development call for continuity through sustainability aimed at improving local and global socioeconomic conditions. This editorial of the special issue on ‘Locality and Internationalization of Family Firms’ discusses this tension that family firms face and how they can build bridges between communities increasingly drifting apart. By bridging local and global environments, family firms can contribute to the sustainable development of society. We present a research agenda addressing this particular bridging function of family firms and propose several avenues for future research.
- Baù, M., Block, J., Discua Cruz, A., & Naldi, L. (2021). Bridging locality and internationalization–A research agenda on the sustainable development of family firms. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 33(7-8), 477-492.
Articles in this Special Issue
- Lundberg, H., & Öberg, C. (2021). The matter of locality: family firms in sparsely populated regions. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 33(7-8), 493-513.
- Pittino, D., Visintin, F., Minichilli, A., & Compagno, C. (2021). Family involvement in governance and firm performance in industrial districts. The moderating role of the industry’s technological paradigm. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 33(7-8), 514-531.
- Ricotta, F., & Basco, R. (2021). Family firms in European regions: the role of regional institutions. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 33(7-8), 532-554.
- Ranfagni, S., Runfola, A., & Sarti, D. (2021). Family firms between territory and internationalization: an authenticity based perspective. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 33(7-8), 555-579.
- Pongelli, C., Valentino, A., Calabrò, A., & Caroli, M. (2021). Family-centered goals, geographic focus and family firms’ internationalization: a study on export performance. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 33(7-8), 580-598.
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