Title: Collaborative networks and export intensity in family firms: a quantile regression approach

Authors: Raúl Serrano; Isabel Acero; Natalia Dejo-Oricain

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Economy and Business (Campus Paraíso), University of Zaragoza, Gran Vía, No. 2, 50005 Zaragoza, Spain ' Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Economy and Business (Campus Río Ebro), University of Zaragoza, María de Luna, s/n, Edificio Lorenzo Normante, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain ' Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Economy and Business (Campus Paraíso), University of Zaragoza, Gran Vía, No. 2, 50005 Zaragoza, Spain

Abstract: This paper examines if collaborative networks affect the export status in family firms (FFs) and if the effect of networks is different regarding the degree of internationalisation of the firm. The results show that the network effect is more relevant when the firm has low export intensity. However, this role becomes less relevant when firms show a higher degree of internationalisation. Our results can be useful, on the one hand, for regulators who need to develop programs for supporting sales internationalisation in FFs, and on the other hand, for managers of FFs since the results provide evidence on the importance of networks in the internationalisation of FFs. This paper contributes to the literature and practice by noting that the process of internationalisation is slower in FFs than in other companies since FFs tend to be more reluctant to participate in networks that require greater commitment.

Keywords: collaborative networks; export intensity; family firms; quantile regression; internationalisation process; SEW; socioemotional wealth; network model.

DOI: 10.1504/EJIM.2021.113231

European Journal of International Management, 2021 Vol.15 No.2/3, pp.484 - 509

Accepted: 09 Feb 2019
Published online: 30 Jan 2021 *

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