Title: How is immigrant entrepreneurial opportunity formation influenced by interactions between home and host countries?

Authors: Kingsley C. Njoku; Thomas M. Cooney

Addresses: Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), Aungier Street, Dublin D02 HW71, Ireland ' Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), Aungier Street, Dublin D02 HW71, Ireland

Abstract: This study examined how the entrepreneurial opportunity formation process among different ethnic groups was influenced by their origins and the cultural values accustomed to them. Using a qualitative phenomenological approach, data was collected from 20 participants (five each from four different ethnic groups) using an in-depth interview technique. The study found that the interactions between an immigrant's home and host environments can take different forms (i.e., enablers and threats) which will influence their career choices in diverse ways. The study model framework showed that participants are influenced distinctly subject to their ethnic backgrounds and the nature of their interactions with the families.

Keywords: immigrant entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial opportunity formation; visual mixed embeddedness framework; cultural assimilation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2020.10035853

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2022 Vol.45 No.2, pp.170 - 192

Received: 21 Dec 2019
Accepted: 02 Aug 2020

Published online: 21 Feb 2022 *

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