Title: Internationalisation as a factor for successful transgenerational practises in family businesses

Authors: Jefferson Monticelli; Renata Bernardon; Patrice Gaidzinski; Guilherme Trez

Addresses: Centro Universitário La Salle (Unilasalle), Av. Victor Barreto, 2288 - Centro, Canoas, RS, 92010-000, Brazil; Fundação Getulio Vargas São Paulo Business Administration School, Av. 9 de julho, 2029, Bela Vista, São Paulo, SP, 01313-902, Brazil ' Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos), São Leopoldo, RS, 93022-750, Brazil; Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, RS, 90619-900, Brazil ' Santa Catarina Federal University (UFSC), Florianópolis, SC, 88040-900, Brazil ' Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos), São Leopoldo, RS, 93022-750, Brazil

Abstract: The study of the internationalisation processes of family businesses has grown significantly in the last decades. However, there is no specific literature on the topic internationalisation as well as on its relationships with the transgenerational aspects of family businesses from emerging economies. Thus, this article aims to investigate the level of relevance of the internationalisation process as a factor for successful practises across generations in family businesses. To answer this question, a case study was carried out with a third generation family business in Southern Brazil. The main results are that internationalisation can be an element of the revitalisation of the business, thus avoiding its decline. At least some of the members must take on the responsibility for continuing the founder's legacy, communicating clearly with the other family members who are not involved in the management to establish a dynamic among all shareholders.

Keywords: family business; internationalisation; transgenerational practices; generations; emerging economies; behavioural approach; case study; focus group; industrial context; family business context; internationalisation process; family context; social context.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2022.127130

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2022 Vol.31 No.4, pp.520 - 540

Received: 01 Oct 2019
Accepted: 21 Nov 2019

Published online: 23 Nov 2022 *

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