Internationalizing the Family Firm: A Case Study of a Chinese Family Business

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The article examines the internationalization process of Chinese family businesses (CFB) in Singapore with respect to its investment in China. The case study discussed in the article was part of a large-scale research project examining Singapore multinational corporations. The objective of the project was to examine the experience in foreign direct investment (FDI) acquired by Singapore companies in China. In this case study, eight managers were interviewed. Three managers were interviewed in Singapore, the founder of the company his personal assistant, and the managing director. The interview with the founder was particularly crucial, as virtually all key decisions were made by him. The researcher also visited two wholly owned subsidiaries in China, located in two different cities. The study supports the characteristics of CFBs discussed in the literature and shows how these characteristics influence the FDI approach of CFBs. This article uses a knowledge-based and learning perspective to examine the internationalization process of a Singapore CFB with respect to its investment in China.

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  • Eric W K Tsang

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