Methodology and Case Studies

  • Tanja LeppäahoEmail author
  • Jaakko Metsola


Chapter  1 indicated how FFs are multidimensional firm types and how their internationalisation is an outcome of various antecedents, processes, and goal orientations. Research on FF internationalisation and international networking is yet to reach a consensus. Thus, in-depth empirical investigations are required to shed light on the internationalisation of FFs from a network perspective. We have thus embarked upon an investigation of our own with a case study on 24 Finnish FFs, with the specific goal of studying how FFs build, maintain, and embrace their FF-specific features in foreign network ties. This chapter aims to open up the methodology of the study, including data selection, collection, and analysis. Furthermore, it provides brief descriptions on the case firms’ internationalisation and socioemotional wealth (SEW). The FFs included in the study are homogeneous—in a sense that they are family-controlled, small, and Finnish, from the manufacturing industry. They provide with various internationalisation pathways and SEW preservations.


Multiple-case study Methodology Case firm description Internationalisation pathway Socioemotional wealth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LUT UniversityLappeenrantaFinland
  2. 2.LUT UniversityLappeenrantaFinland

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