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Handbook on International Alliance and Network Research

Handbook on International Alliance and Network Research

Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by Jorma Larimo, Niina Nummela and Tuija Mainela

Over the past few decades, alliance and networks have been generally examined individually. This Handbook sheds new light on this research by combining the two topics and focuses on highlighting their similarities. The expert contributors discuss topics surrounding the state-of-the-art in alliance and network research, conceptual development in alliance and network research and empirical evidence of international alliances and networks. They combine diverse types of studies including literature reviews, conceptual papers and empirical studies in order to provide the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the topic.

Chapter 1: Diaspora networks in international business: a review on an emerging stream of research

Maria Elo

Subjects: business and management, international business


Diaspora networks in international business are an influential construct in understanding contemporary international business (IB), respective networks, and global activities. This chapter analyzes the evolution of the research related to diaspora networks in IB. The purpose of this review is multifaceted. First, it introduces the concepts diaspora and diaspora networks and links them to economy and IB. Second, it identifies the key aspects of diaspora-related research that are significant for IB and/or require additional attention in the IB domain. Furthermore, it provides a state-of-the-art review of the diaspora networks in IB. The review comprises multiple viewpoints on diaspora networks: organization and structure, resources, diaspora entrepreneurship, socio-cultural dimensions and knowledge transfer as well as underlying emotional and behavioral frameworks. The chapter contributes by synthesizing and modifying the extant knowledge base and evaluating it critically. The article concludes with a discussion of the implications for theory modification, IB management, and policy making, and it proposes future research directions.