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Type: Conference paper
Title: Internationalisation, organisational change and conflict within the family firm
Author: Graves, C.
Thomas, J.
Citation: Proceedings of the IFERA World Family Business Research Conference 2009 Cyprus, 2009: pp.1-18
Publisher: Cyprus International Institute of Management
Publisher Place: Cyprus
Issue Date: 2009
ISBN: 9789963966509
Conference Name: Annual IFERA Conference (9th : 2009 : Limassol, Cyprus)
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Chris Graves and Jill Thomas
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to empirically examine the effect of international expansion on the business AND family systems. Because significant changes were often required to grow globally, this study found that internationalisation was often a trigger for conflict within the family. Findings suggest that successful internationalisation of family firms requires the ability to develop ‘institutional capital’; the ability to generate broad support within the family unit for reconfiguring and deploying the firm’s resources towards internationalisation. The implications of this study’s findings for family firms, policy and future research are explored in the full paper.
Keywords: Internationalisation; resource-based view; family business; conflict; organisational change
RMID: 0020095014
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