Cross-border entrepreneurship in a global world: a critical reconceptualisation

Julie Emontspool, Per Servais

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This article shows that international entrepreneurship and immigrant entrepreneurship increasingly intersect in a global world. Both research streams address cross-border entrepreneurial activity in parallel to each other. International entrepreneurship focuses on outgoing entrepreneurial activity, while immigrant entrepreneurship mainly considers incoming entrepreneurial activity. The article critically discusses such a dichotomy, highlighting how differentiating immigrant entrepreneurs and international entrepreneurs perpetuates orientalist assumptions about cross-border business activity. Focusing on entrepreneurship as a behaviour, the article proposes an alternative perspective to cross-border entrepreneurship, discussing cross-border opportunity identification and exploitation between an entrepreneur's country of residence and a foreign country. This perspective provides a number of avenues for further research open for scholars in the field of entrepreneurship to investigate either alone or in collaboration with other disciplines.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of International Management
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)262-279
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Behavioural approach
  • Ethnic entrepreneur
  • Immigrant entrepreneur
  • International entrepreneur
  • Opportunity
  • Transnational entrepreneur


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