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Differences in international opportunity identification between native and immigrant entrepreneurs

Evgueni Vinogradov () and Eva Jenny Benedikte Jørgensen
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Evgueni Vinogradov: Nordland Research Institute
Eva Jenny Benedikte Jørgensen: The arctic University of Norway

Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 2017, vol. 15, issue 2, 207-228

Abstract: Abstract The aim of this study is to understand more about how identification of international opportunities differs between native and immigrant entrepreneurs. Based on a survey of 116 immigrant and 864 native Norwegian entrepreneurs with newly registered firms, we show that immigrant entrepreneurs are more likely to identify international opportunities than native entrepreneurs are. We reveal important differences in the identification process between native and immigrant entrepreneurs. Whereas general human capital has a significant positive effect on international opportunity identification for native entrepreneurs, we cannot find the same effect among immigrant entrepreneurs. Moreover, although financial capital positively influences international opportunity identification among native entrepreneurs, the same effect is significantly negative among immigrant entrepreneurs. Based on these findings, we conclude that native and immigrant entrepreneurs do not utilise the same resources to identify international opportunities. This study contributes to the literature on international entrepreneurship by documenting significant differences in how native and immigrant entrepreneurs identify international opportunities. It also contributes to immigrant entrepreneurship literature by bringing the opportunity-based view of entrepreneurship into the field.

Keywords: International opportunities; International entrepreneurship; Immigrant entrepreneurship; Resource-based view; Human capital; Financial capital; Norway (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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