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/approachThe research is qualitative using a case study approach involving in-depth semi-structured interviews conducted longitudinally.FindingsThe 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 implicationsThe 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/valueThe paper contributes to better understanding of the diaspora entrepreneurship and its dynamics.
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 5, 2019
Keywords: Entrepreneurs; Developing countries; SMEs; Internationalization