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

Ignatius Ekanem (Management, Leadership and Organisation (MLO), Middlesex University, London, UK)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Article publication date: 26 November 2018

Issue publication date: 5 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present 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.

Practical 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/value

The paper contributes to better understanding of the diaspora entrepreneurship and its dynamics.

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Citation

Ekanem, I. (2019), "Understanding internationalisation approaches and mechanisms of diaspora entrepreneurs in emerging economies as a learning process", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 25 No. 5, pp. 819-841. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-02-2018-0068

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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