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Family CEO and board service: Turning the tide for export scope in family SMEs
Université de Mons, Mons, Belgium.
Università Carlo Cattaneo, Castellanza, Italy.
Università IULM, Milan, Italy.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0691-2740
2019 (English)In: International Business Review, ISSN 0969-5931, E-ISSN 1873-6149Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Adopting the socioemotional wealth perspective, we argue that the presence of a family CEO in family SMEs negatively affects export scope, but that such negative effect is mitigated by board service. We develop and test a model that considers the synergistic combination of family management and another important aspect of family governance in the context of family firm internationalization: the service behavior of the board of directors. The empirical evidence from a sample of 248 Belgian family SMEs shows that governance is crucial to overcoming the problems of family management: family CEOs may negatively influence export scope, but board service is able to turn the tide so that the family CEO effect becomes positive. With such novel findings, we contribute to international business and family business studies.

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Elsevier, 2019.
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Board of Directors, Export scope, Family CEO, Family firms, SMEs
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-45378DOI: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2019.05.003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85065757906Local ID: ;IHHCeFEOISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-45378DiVA, id: diva2:1338044
Available from: 2019-07-19 Created: 2019-07-19 Last updated: 2019-08-21

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