3.2 International Migrants in Business

  • Wilhelm Barner-Rasmussen Åbo Akademi University
  • Maria Elo University of Southern Denmark
  • Maria Ivanova-Gongne Åbo Akademi University
  • Niina Nummela University of Turku
  • Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki University of Turku
  • Julie Emontspool University of Southern Denmark
  • Susanne Sandberg Linnaeus University
Keywords: International Migration and Mobility, Cosmopolitanism, International/migrant Entrepreneurship, Identity and Identification, Diversity Management, Global Talent/expatriate Management


International migration has a strong and increasing impact on our societies, including businesses. Yet, business research into the implications of this global megatrend is scattered across many subfields, from individual-level work on migrant entrepreneurs and cosmopolitans to labor market and competitiveness outcomes such as brain drain at regional, national and supranational level. At the firm level, research on expatriation, diversity management, and global talent pools also engage with key aspects of international migration. This track aims to provide a forum for dialogue, integration and mutual learning across these fields to better understand the business-related challenges of international migration.


Elo M, Täube F and Volovelsky EK (2019) Migration ‘against the tide’: Location and Jewish diaspora entrepreneurs. Regional Studies 53(1): 95–106.
Goerzen A., Pedersen T.,Veglio V., Elter F. & Gooderham P. (2019): Global Cities: A New Perspective on Cultural Differences at the Sub- and Supra-national Levels. Academy of Management Proceedings (1), https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2019.12553abstract
Gurău, C., Dana, L. P., & Katz-Volovelsky, E. (2020). Spanning transnational boundaries in industrial markets: A study of Israeli entrepreneurs in China. Industrial Marketing Management, 89, pp. 389-401
Nummela N., Paavilainen-Mäntymäki E., Harikkala-Laihinen R. & Raitis J. (2020): When all doors close: Implications of COVID-19 for cosmopolitan entrepreneurs. International Small Business Journal, https://doi.org/10.1177/0266242620954127
Mäkelä K., Barner-Rasmussen W., Ehrnrooth M. & Koveshnikov, A. (2019): ‘Potential and recognized boundary spanners in multinational corporations’. Journal of World Business, 54: 335-349, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2019.05.001. Journal of World Business Paper of the Year 2019.
International Business