Entrepreneurship and Talent Management from a Global Perspective

Entrepreneurship and Talent Management from a Global Perspective

Global Returnees

New Horizons in Management series

Edited by Huiyao Wang and Yipeng Liu

Talent has become the most important resource for organizations across a wide range of sectors throughout the world including business, non-profit, and government. These organizations are now engaged in an increasingly fierce competition to acquire the best talent as they seek to gain the upper hand in today’s fast changing environment. By combining the body of knowledge on entrepreneurship and talent management from a global perspective, this book provides a synthesized understanding of entrepreneurial mobility and talent management in the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem.

Chapter 3: The role of returnees in business: a review

Huiyao Wang, Tinghua Duan, Wenxuan Hou and Xiaohui Liu

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, human resource management


In recent years, a growing number of overseas Chinese students and immigrants return to China to take advantage of the development opportunities by engaging in business. Their roles in business receive increasing attention from policy makers, the media and scholars. This chapter intends to provide a review of the relevant literature. We note that returnees have started playing an important role in the society since 1840s. Returnees contribute to the modern business through facilitating knowledge transfer, increasing innovation, boosting productivity and ensuring economic growth. The evidence from other countries and the disadvantages of returnees are also discussed.

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