Quotation Kunczer, Vera, Lindner, Thomas, Puck, Jonas. 2019. Benefitting from immigration: The value of immigrants’ country knowledge for firm internationalization. Journal of International Business Policy. 2 (4), 356-375.




Migrants are able to provide firms with knowledge about their country of origin. This can become a valuable source of knowledge for firms in the process of internationalization. Relating to a Knowledge-Based-View perspective, this paper explains how the resource commitment of firms to foreign countries is contingent on immigration from those countries: Immigrants’ country knowledge reduces uncertainty and makes the governance of foreign operations more efficient. Moreover, this paper connects the relevance of knowledge for firm internationalization to institutional characteristics in immigrants’ home and host countries, both of which policymakers can shape. We test predictions on more than 13,000 observations over a 14-year period (2003–2016). The paper identifies economically significant contingencies of a positive effect of immigration, which are robust to changes in model specification, measurement, and sampling. The results indicate how immigration can shape firms’ investments abroad and have implications for developing policy as well as international business theory.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of International Business Policy
Language English
Title Benefitting from immigration: The value of immigrants’ country knowledge for firm internationalization
Volume 2
Number 4
Year 2019
Page from 356
Page to 375
Reviewed? Y
URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s42214-019-00034-9
DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/s42214-019-00034-9
Open Access Y


Kunczer, Vera (Details)
Lindner, Thomas (Details)
Puck, Jonas (Details)
Institute for International Business (Puck) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5337 World trade science (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
5358 Corporate finances (Details)
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