The role of returnees in business: A review

Huiyao Wang, Tinghua Duan, Wenxuan Hou, Xiaohui Liu

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In recent years, a growing number of overseas Chinese students and immigrants return to China to take advantage of the development opportunities by engaging 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntrepreneur and Talent Management from a Global Perspective
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Returnees
EditorsHuiyao Wang, Yipeng Liu
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781783479139
ISBN (Print)9781783479122
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2016

Publication series

NameNew Horizons in Management


  • China
  • returnee
  • review


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