Presentation Title

“Where Am I Heading in this Wonderland?”, Immigrant Entrepreneurs’ Narratives about their Entrepreneurial Journey

Faculty Mentor

Nastaran Simarasl

Start Date

18-11-2017 2:15 PM

End Date

18-11-2017 3:15 PM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 133

Session

Poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

business_economics_public_administration

Abstract

Immigrant entrepreneurs plays an important role in the economic development of the cities and states where they locate their businesses. In this research, we rely on the ethnic enclave theory and heterolocalism theory to identify the factors that immigrant entrepreneurs consider when they make business location decisions in the host country. To analyze the research question broadly yet deeply, we utilize a qualitative research method, biography analysis, on the published autobiographies of 7 immigrants who established their businesses in a developed host country. To do so, we have developed a dictionary based on the findings of another research on highly-educated aspiring immigrant entrepreneurs’ business location decisions. Via our analyses, we code the autobiographies based on the dictionary that we have created. After we finish coding, we closely examine the coded data to find out what themes underlie the data. Next, we put the themes together to come up with research propositions that address the factors that immigrant entrepreneurs consider when making business location decisions. Findings of our research helps immigrant entrepreneurs make informed decisions when they tend to choose a location for their business in the host country. Furthermore, our findings bring insight to incubators, small business development centers and cities and states that seek to bring in more immigrant entrepreneurs.

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Nov 18th, 2:15 PM Nov 18th, 3:15 PM

“Where Am I Heading in this Wonderland?”, Immigrant Entrepreneurs’ Narratives about their Entrepreneurial Journey

BSC-Ursa Minor 133

Immigrant entrepreneurs plays an important role in the economic development of the cities and states where they locate their businesses. In this research, we rely on the ethnic enclave theory and heterolocalism theory to identify the factors that immigrant entrepreneurs consider when they make business location decisions in the host country. To analyze the research question broadly yet deeply, we utilize a qualitative research method, biography analysis, on the published autobiographies of 7 immigrants who established their businesses in a developed host country. To do so, we have developed a dictionary based on the findings of another research on highly-educated aspiring immigrant entrepreneurs’ business location decisions. Via our analyses, we code the autobiographies based on the dictionary that we have created. After we finish coding, we closely examine the coded data to find out what themes underlie the data. Next, we put the themes together to come up with research propositions that address the factors that immigrant entrepreneurs consider when making business location decisions. Findings of our research helps immigrant entrepreneurs make informed decisions when they tend to choose a location for their business in the host country. Furthermore, our findings bring insight to incubators, small business development centers and cities and states that seek to bring in more immigrant entrepreneurs.