Transnational Diaspora Entrepreneurship: Do Local Social Networks in Home Country Matter?

Olu Aluko, Walter Mswaka

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This study explores the role of local networks of transnational diaspora entrepreneurs in their countries of origin. Drawing on findings from two extensive case studies, we show that contrary to current literature, local networks particularly family ties maybe counterproductive of diaspora entrepreneurs as they engage in transnational entrepreneurship. We discuss the implications of our findings in relation to literature particularly when diaspora entrepreneurs’ countries of origin are developing countries, saddled with weak institutional arrangements and environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAfrican Diaspora Direct Investment
Subtitle of host publicationEstablishing the Economic and Socio-Cultural Rationale
EditorsDieu Hack-Polay, Juliana Siwale
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan UK
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319720470
ISBN (Print)9783319720463, 3319720465, 9783030101510
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2018

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies of Entrepreneurship in Africa
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2662-1169
ISSN (Electronic)2662-1177


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