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A bibliometric analysis of family firm internationalization research: Current themes, theoretical roots, and ways forward

Elena Casprini, Marina Dabic, Josip Kotlar and Tommaso Pucci

International Business Review, 2020, vol. 29, issue 5

Abstract: This paper presents a bibliometric analysis and a systematic literature review of 161 core contributions concerning family firm internationalization. A bibliographic coupling analysis and a co-citation analysis reveal the richness of family firm internationalization research and help to organize this large body of work into five thematic clusters and seven theoretical roots. By examining the linkages between research themes and theoretical roots, we advance an integrative framework, clarifying the variety of research paths available regarding the internationalization of family firms, and identifying new and important research avenues for further developing the field.

Keywords: Internationalization; Family firms; Bibliometric analysis; Literature review (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2020.101715

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