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Human resource characteristics of international new ventures : the role of immigrant entrepreneurs

By Roxanne Zolin and Francine Scholosser


Immigrant Entrepreneurs (IE) are often portrayed as pushed into self-employment due to employment barriers in their adopted countries. But IE have human resources, like international experience, which can help them form international new ventures (INV). We question the role of IE in INV. We use randomly selected data from 561 young firms from the Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence (CAUSEE) project. We find 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. These findings are relevant to policy makers, and nascent IE

Topics: 150304 Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Characteristics, International New Ventures, Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Year: 2011
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