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November 03, 2021 | Tom Ballard

Trio of researchers, including one from UTK, study location decisions for immigrant entrepreneurs

About half of the immigrant entrepreneurs in the U.S. initially come to this country to obtain a university degree. When they’re ready to establish a business in their host country, though, how do they choose a location for their new venture?

A recent study undertaken by a trio of researchers, including one from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business, shows that highly educated immigrant entrepreneurs are uniquely positioned to have more options about where to start a business. The results were captured in this article that appeared in the latest edition of the College’s magazine.

David Williams, Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship and Director of the college’s Ph.D. in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Organizations program, conducted the research along with Haslam Ph.D. alumnus Nastaran Simarasl (California State Polytechnic University) and Kaveh Moghaddam (University of Houston-Victoria). They studied immigrants with at least a bachelor’s degree who intend to establish a business in their host country, and investigated how these entrepreneurs decide where to locate their start-ups.

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