Benefitting from immigration: The value of immigrants' country knowledge for firm internationalization

Kunczer, Vera and Lindner, Thomas and Puck, Jonas (2019) Benefitting from immigration: The value of immigrants' country knowledge for firm internationalization. Journal of International Business Policy, 2 (4). pp. 356-375. ISSN 2522-0691

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Migrants are able to provide firms with knowledge about their country of origin. This can become a valuable source of knowledge for firms in the process of internationalization. Relating to a Knowledge-Based-View perspective, this paper explains how the resource commitment of firms to foreign countries iscontingent on immigration from those countries: Immigrants' countryknowledge reduces uncertainty and makes the governance of foreignoperations more efficient. Moreover, this paper connects the relevance of knowledge for firm internationalization to institutional characteristics inimmigrants' home and host countries, both of which policymakers canshape. We test predictions on more than 13,000 observations over a 14-year period (2003–2016). The paper identifies economically significant contingencies of a positive effect of immigration, which are robust to changes in model specification, measurement, and sampling. The results indicate how immigration can shape firms' investments abroad and have implications for developing policy as well as international business theory.

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Additional Information: The original version of this article was revised: The article "Benefitting from immigration: The value of immigrants' country knowledge for firm internationalization", written by Vera Kunczer, Thomas Lindner and Jonas Puck was incorrectly published electronically on 14 October 2019 without open access.
Keywords: Migration, resource commitment, knowledge-based view, institutional Environment, hierarchical linear modeling
Divisions: Departments > Welthandel > International Business > Puck
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: ePub Administrator
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2019 13:16
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 12:30
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