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The Role of Returnees in Business: A Review

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    Rights statement: © Wang, H., Duan, T., Hou, W., & Liu, X. (2015). The Role of Returnees in Business: A Review. In Entrepreneur and Talent Management from a Global Perspective. Edward Elgar Publishing. Any use is for personal use only, Edward Elgar Publishing is the rightsholder.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntrepreneur and Talent Management from a Global Perspective
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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.

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  • China, returnee, review

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