Host versus home country influence on the immigrant entrepreneurial process: an imprinting perspective

Thai, M.T.T., Simba, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-0276-8211 and Dabić, M., 2024. Host versus home country influence on the immigrant entrepreneurial process: an imprinting perspective. Review of Managerial Science. ISSN 1863-6683

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Since its first use in organisational research, nearly five decades ago, imprinting has gained recognition in entrepreneurship studies. Accordingly, this study utilises the behavioural concept to develop new theorisations to account for the entrepreneurial processes of immigrant entrepreneurs. It pays attention on its effects on immigrant entrepreneurs , particularly when it comes to their decision-making and behaviours towards business creation in Canada. A comprehensive analysis of a dataset generated from a systematically selected group of immigrant entrepreneurs revealed the complexity of their imprints at various stages of their entrepreneurial cycle in the North American country. It emerged that imprinting not only modified their behaviours, attitudes and cognition, but also shaped the trajectory of their entrepreneurial processes. That is, their imprints had an effect on how they identified business opportunities, the types of businesses they pursued, their level of entrepreneurial drive, and the types of resources they acquired or accessed in their new environment. Notably, following a period of normali-sation in their new surroundings, their original imprints changed due to diminishing affinity with their country-of-origin. This holds research and policy implications as it uncovers an unfolding but less-understood entrepreneurship phenomenon.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Review of Managerial Science
Creators: Thai, M.T.T., Simba, A. and Dabić, M.
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Date: 25 January 2024
ISSN: 1863-6683
Rights: © The Author(s) 2024. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article's Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article's Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 29 Jan 2024 10:00
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2024 10:00

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