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The Palgrave Handbook of Family Firm Internationalization

  • Tanja Leppäaho
  • Sarah Jack

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lxxii
  2. Family Firm-Specific Views and Internationalization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Liena Kano, Alain Verbeke, Andrew Johnston
      Pages 3-35
    3. Jaakko Metsola, Lasse Torkkeli, Tanja Leppäaho, Pia Arenius, Mika Haapanen
      Pages 63-101
  3. Internationalization Process of Family Firms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Sari Laari-Salmela, Tuija Mainela, Elina Pernu, Vesa Puhakka
      Pages 173-197
  4. Networks in Family Firm Internationalization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Katerina Kampouri, Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki
      Pages 237-264
    3. Francesco Debellis, Emanuela Rondi
      Pages 265-287
    4. Elena San Román, Agueda Gil-López, Isabel Díez-Vial, Sarah Jack
      Pages 327-360
    5. Spiros Batas, Karine Guiderdoni-Jourdain, Tanja Leppäaho
      Pages 361-391
  5. Family Firm Internationalization from Emerging Markets

About this book


Family Firms (FFs) form the majority of all firms around the world and they account for an enormous percentage of the employment, the revenue, and the GDP of most capitalist countries. While MNCs have long been thought of as the main contributors to international business, it is now recognised that a substantial number of family firms are active in the international arena.

This handbook focuses on the features which make family firm internationalization unique. Chapters provide FF specific theories and cover the process of FF internationalization. It examines the role of network ties and provides an insight into the development of family firms that have grown into big multinationals. Importantly this Handbook equips you with a better understanding of specific features of family firms as they internationalize from or to Asian or emerging markets.

Family firms offer a fruitful context to study internationalization through a process perspective, therefore this Handbook is an invaluable source of knowledge for students, scholars and policy makers in the areas of family business, entrepreneurship and internationalization.


Historical family firms Asia network ties emerging markets internationalization process

Editors and affiliations

  • Tanja Leppäaho
    • 1
  • Sarah Jack
    • 2
  1. 1.LUT UniversityLappeenrantaFinland
  2. 2.House of InnovationStockholm School of EconomicsStockholmSweden

About the editors

Tanja Leppäaho is a Professor of Growth Entrepreneurship and Academy of Finland Research Fellow at LUT University, Finland. Before this Tanja worked as a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Jyvaskyla and University of Edinburgh Business School. Tanja's areas of interest are international entrepreneurship, networking, family firms, longitudinal internationalisation process, and qualitative methodology. Tanja has received the best paper award from Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference and has published in leading journals, such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Family Business Review, International Business Review ,Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Journal of Small Business Management, and International Marketing Review.

Sarah Jack is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Lancaster Univerisity and Stockholm School of Economics. Her research involves the use of qualitative methods to consider social aspects of entrepreneurship. Her work has been published widely in international and national journals. She has received various grants from funding bodies including: Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Nuffield Foundation, Carnegie Trust and EPSRC. Professor Jack is on the editorial boards for: Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Entrepreneurship and Regional Development.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Palgrave Handbook of Family Firm Internationalization
  • Editors Tanja Leppäaho
    Sarah Jack
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-66736-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-66739-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-66737-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages LXXII, 575
  • Number of Illustrations 25 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Family Business
    International Business
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