Diaspora Business: A structured Response to modern migration

Author Name

S. Ram Vemuri

Author Address

Darwin Waterfront Business School Charles Darwin University, Darwin NT0909, Australia [email protected]


Migration research, International business organisations, diaspora, diasporans, diaspora business


Global migration needs to be examined suing an interdisciplinary lens as it simultaneously involves different disciplines. This does not mean that we need to totally discard the disciplinary approaches. It simply means one must build on several excellent disciplinary works.

This proposal is to provide an interdisciplinary focus on migration and diaspora entrepreneurship which must not only consider aspects of history of migration, entrepreneurship research and diaspora movements but also emphasise links between them.

My presentation will deal with these links and focus on examining the formation of Diaspora Business (DB).Itattempts to provide a historical context to human mobility and migration research and examine implications of the effects of migrants on business formations.

This presentation will build on Vemuri (2016)that presented alink between mobility and diaspora and provided a discussion how such an examination can foster a deeper understanding of business formation. It will be based on a firm belief people’s migration and business activities are intricately related.

This presentation is organised in four parts.

In the first part of the presentation I briefly examine some of the theoretical explanations accorded to human migrations over centuries. I believe even a cursory examination of this nature of inquiry is important to provide a contextual framework for considering businessformations.

In the second part of the presentation I formulate three related hypotheses. They are:

Hypothesis 1:

There are two interrelated aspects of migration – social identity and satisficing needs -  that are by and large responsible for the rise of internationalization of business activities.

Hypothesis 2:

Contemporary business formations of diasporans are a special set of International business architecture. Some of the main reasons for the rise and differentiation of these business formations are: (a) the unprecedented voluntary global people movements and (b) the manner in which these movements areaccompanied by the formation of “special constellation of being embedded in multiple cultures and societies of different countries” (Drori et al., 2019).

Hypothesis 3:

The diversified nature of migration along with the multiple embeddedness also influence skins of diaspora business formations.In so doing migrants nature and existence contributes to evolutionary processesin influencingorganisational forms and structures.

The third part of the presentation relates to the impacts of economic ‘revolutions’ (agricultural, industrial, technological, information, and the like) on diaspora business formations.

In the fourth and final part ofmy presentation I advocate a viewthat we are witnessing in the contemporary global environmentaresultant net effect of these revolutions bycreatingnew


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