Understanding internationalisation approaches and mechanisms of diaspora entrepreneurs in emerging economies as a learning process

Ekanem, Ignatius U. (2019) Understanding internationalisation approaches and mechanisms of diaspora entrepreneurs in emerging economies as a learning process. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 25 (5). pp. 819-841. ISSN 1355-2554 (doi:10.1108/IJEBR-02-2018-0068)

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Abstract

Purpose - This paper presents an exploration into the internationalisation approaches and mechanisms of diaspora entrepreneurs in emerging economies. It seeks to conceptualise the strategies as a learning process.
Design/methodology/approach - The research is qualitative using a case study approach involving in-depth semi-structured interviews conducted longitudinally.
Findings - The findings suggest that diaspora entrepreneurs adopt mostly the network or, in some cases, the international new venture (born-global) market entry approach rather than the traditional stage by stage approach. The findings also suggest that diaspora entrepreneurs have perceived advantages over domestic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) because of their foreign exposure which has influenced their entrepreneurial behaviour in exploiting business opportunities.
Research implications – The main implication of the study is that entrepreneurs who are beginning to internationalise their activities should seek to exploit potential first-mover advantages in emerging economies by realising an approach of internationalisation at high speed.
Originality - The paper contributes to better understanding of the diaspora entrepreneurship and its dynamics.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 25486
Notes on copyright: This is the accepted version of the manuscript "Understanding internationalisation approaches and mechanisms of diaspora entrepreneurs in emerging economies as a learning process", forthcoming/published in the journal "International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research" available via the journal site at: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-02-2018-0068. This article is © Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
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Depositing User: Ignatius Ekanem
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2018 12:14
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2019 22:19
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/25486

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