Abstract

Immigrant entrepreneurs (IE) are often characterized as experiencing barrier-based (push) selfemployment. From an opportunity-based view immigrant entrepreneurs could have considerable human resources relevant to the development of international new ventures (INV). Momentum is growing to study how INV develop. International experience is one of the human resource characteristics linked to international sales in INV. In this new perspective immigrant entrepreneurs operate on an international business playing field, employing their international human resources, such as education, connections and experience to identify and exploit new international business opportunities. In this study we question the role of immigrant entrepreneurs in starting INV.

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