The aim of this chapter is to add to the investigation on how entrepreneurial orientation contributes to family firm performance through the role of different institutions as intervening factors. Building on new institutional economics the authors suggest that some formal institutions such as the size of the government, the arbitrary power of the government and insecure property rights alter the way in which some dimensions of entrepreneurial orientation impact family firms’ performance. The study is based on a unique sample which includes survey data on entrepreneurial families as part of the Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) project.
Claudia Pongelli and Andrea Calabrò
It is widely acknowledged that the internationalization of family firms differs from that of firms with different ownership and governance structures, and that there is a great variety of international behaviors within the universe of family firms. To better grasp the actual processes family firms face when they move towards international markets, the academic debate is increasingly encouraging qualitative studies in this field. Using a research project aimed at advancing understanding of the dynamics and processes behind family firms internationalizing into China and India as an example, this chapter intends to make a critical reflection on the adoption of the multiple case study method. Moreover, it aims at pointing out some key tenets and tips related to this inquiry approach as a guide for junior researchers approaching the topic of family firm internationalization.