Entrepreneurship and Talent Management from a Global Perspective
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Entrepreneurship and Talent Management from a Global Perspective

Global Returnees

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.
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Chapter 7: Transnational space, networks and entrepreneurship: reverse migration from the US to China

Fei Qin


This chapter examines how social processes affect the return migration of Chinese engineers in the US. The study finds that a mixture of opportunities and constraints in China often leads engineers to return for technology entrepreneurship. In contrast to the conventional wisdom that the migration of skilled personnel is a highly individualized process, this study finds that return migration is often a group process instead. Returnees draw heavily upon co-ethnic ties that have been established during migration. In addition to interpersonal ties, various types of voluntary associations serve as important intermediaries between migrant communities and those in China. The results of this study shed new light on the enabling mechanisms of circular migration and returnee entrepreneurship.

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