This presentation explores the unique value of transnational entrepreneurship. It focuses on the role that different diaspora communities (with a particular focus on African communities and second generation female, Muslim entrepreneurs in the UK) play in using the dual habitus of their countries of origin and their migratory destination to boost international business activity based on entrepreneurial initiatives. The value of the paper lies in its fresh and original approach to transnational entrepreneurship using multiple theoretical constructs, and to the role of migration as an appropriate means for economic development in a connected world.
Professor Jay Mitra is a Visiting Scholar at Luneburg University in Germany and has held Visiting Professorships at the Institute of Management Technology in India, the School of Management, Fudan University in China, at Bologna University, Italy and at Externado University in Colombia. He has acted as a Scientific Adviser to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) in Paris.
Professor Mitra is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK and is a board member of INSME (International Network of SMEs) headquartered in Rome. He also leads the International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) a unique network and forum for researchers, policy makers and business practitioners working on entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development.
He has written widely on different aspects of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development, and his latest book is ‘The Business of Innovation’ published by Sage in 2017. He is the editor of the ‘Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies’, also published by Sage, and a member of the board of numerous refereed journals around the world.
He has worked with various institutions around the world such as UNCTAD, UNIDO, ASEAN, EU and other government agencies and private sector organisations.