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An investigation into the decision-making logic of migrating entrepreneurs

  • School: Nottingham Business School
  • Starting: 2021
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Self-funded


Migrating entrepreneurs make crucial decisions that have survival implications to them and their businesses. These individuals make decisions on issues such as: when to leave a current country of residence; host country destination and decisions about new business ventures in the new country. This study will aim to investigate migrating entrepreneurs decision-making process during in the early years of the business (0- 5years) and the decision-making logic that informs their decision-making process. We define migrating entrepreneurs in a broad sense to capture the mobility of entrepreneurs (Wright 2011). Hence, the research may investigate typologies of ‘migrating’ entrepreneurs such as - transnational entrepreneurs, returnee entrepreneurs and/or migrant entrepreneurs. The study will employ a qualitative study research methodology to investigate returnee entrepreneurs, transnational entrepreneurs and/or migrant entrepreneurs. The Fsqca technique will also be employed to highlight the antecedents of decision-making logic of migrating entrepreneurs. The study will seek to make substantial contributions to the migrant entrepreneurship and strategic decision-making process literature. Therefore, successful candidate must be able to demonstrate knowledge of relevant literature in international/migrant entrepreneurship and decision-making. The student will be expected to carry out independent research under the supervision of Dr Olu Aluko and Dr Juliana Siwale with the view to present at international conferences and publish in high ranking journals.


Aluko, O., & Mswaka, W. (2018). Transnational Diaspora Entrepreneurship: Do Local Social Networks in Home Country Matter? In African Diaspora Direct Investment (pp. 145-161). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Dew, N., Read, S., Sarasvathy, S.D. and Wiltbank, R., 2009. Effectual versus predictive logics in entrepreneurial decision-making: Differences between experts and novices. Journal of business venturing, 24(4), pp.287-309.

Gabrielsson, J. and Politis, D., 2011. Career motives and entrepreneurial decision-making: examining preferences for causal and effectual logics in the early stage of new ventures. Small Business Economics, 36(3), pp.281-298.

Gruenhagen, J. H., & Davidsson, P. (2018). “Returnee Entrepreneurs: Do They All Boost Emerging Economies?”, International Review of Entrepreneurship, 16(4): p 455-48.

Hack-Polay, D & Siwale, J. (eds) (2018) African diaspora direct investment: establishing the economic and socio-cultural rationale.  Palgrave Macmillan. Cham, Switzerland. ISBN: 9783319720470

Nummela, N., Saarenketo, S., Jokela, P. and Loane, S., 2014. Strategic decision-making of a born global: a comparative study from three small open economies. Management International Review, 54(4), pp.527-550.

Siwale, J. (2018), “Mapping of diaspora direct investment: Critical areas of investment”, In Dieu, D and Siwale, J. (eds) African Diaspora Direct Investment (pp. 63-85). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Stroe, S., Parida, V. and Wincent, J., 2018. Effectuation or causation: An fsQCA analysis of entrepreneurial passion, risk perception, and self-efficacy. Journal of Business Research, 89, pp.265-272.

Vershinina, N., Barrett, R. and McHardy, P., 2017. Logics and rationalisations underpinning entrepreneurial decision-making. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 24(1), pp.158-175.

Wright, M., 2011. Entrepreneurial mobility. In Building Methodological Bridges (pp. 137-159). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.


Professor Ursula F. Ott

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