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Return migration, informal learning, human capital development and SME internationalization in the CEE region: A systematic literature review

Tim Gittins and Matthias Fink

Journal of East European Management Studies, 2015, vol. 20, issue 3, 279-303

Abstract: Migration from Eastern to Western Europe has increased under transition from planned to market economies. As migrants return home they may enhance local entrepreneurial activity by transferring skills and knowledge gained abroad. Internationalization of small and medium sized-enterprises (SMEs) may thus be initiated. This article presents a review of antecedental factors of internationalization in the transitional Central and Eastern Europe region (CEE). It is proposed that return migration may influence informal learning to enhance local human capital development and more focused SME internationalization. This chain of argumentation is examined through review of empirical studies to develop a basis for future research.

Keywords: migration; informal learning; human capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 M12 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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