Characteristics of immigrant entrepreneurs and their involvement in international new ventures

Zolin, Roxanne & Schlosser, Francine (2013) Characteristics of immigrant entrepreneurs and their involvement in international new ventures. Thunderbird International Business Review, 55(3), pp. 271-284.

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We studied 561 young firms in Australia to understand the involvement of immigrant entrepreneurs (IE) in international new ventures (INV). We found that IE are over-represented in INV and have many characteristics known to facilitate INV success including more founders, university degree, international connections and technical capability. Our study has implications for immigration policy and economic policy and the efficient use of a nation’s human capital. This research challenges a necessity-based stereotype of immigrant entrepreneurs by identifying areas in which immigrant entrepreneurs have natural competitive advantages over native entrepreneurs. This research makes a contribution to the theory of immigrant entrepreneurship by identifying the significant role of immigrant entrepreneurs in INV and the suitability of immigrant entrepreneurs for the development INV. We inform diverse streams of research in transnational and immigrant entrepreneurship with broader strategic work on the creation of INV.

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ID Code: 49617
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Immigrant Entrepreneur, International New Ventures, Transnational
DOI: 10.1002/tie.21543
ISSN: 1096-4762
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Thunderbird School of Global Management
Deposited On: 12 Apr 2012 00:50
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2013 19:14

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