International business and the migrant-owned enterprise

Michael Czinkota, Zaheer Khan, Gary Knight

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Migrants launch international ventures, targeting their home countries and other international markets. We investigate migrant-own businesses that undertake international business ventures. Leveraging extant literature and case studies, the study highlights international entrepreneurship in such firms by examining the roles of key organizational factors in internationalization and international performance. After identifying and conceptualizing key antecedents to international performance, we develop a model and associated propositions. Study results suggest that migrant entrepreneurs leverage a distinctive mix of resources, orientations, and capabilities that allow them to succeed in diverse international markets. Findings provide valuable knowledge that can enhance the sustainability and international performance of this important and rapidly emerging category of firm. We provide scholarly and managerial implications to advance theory and practice in migrant-owned international enterprises.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Business Research
Early online date27 Aug 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Aug 2020


  • migrant-owned enterprise
  • international business
  • international venture
  • resources
  • orientations
  • capabilities
  • international performance

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