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The immigrant effect from employer and employee perspectives in a Swedish context
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6287-5783
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism.
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, ISSN 1476-1297, E-ISSN 1741-8054, Vol. 36, no 1-2, p. 126-147Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This explorative study addresses the immigrant effect. Not only is the employer perspective considered, but employed immigrants also share their experiences. We report a multi-case comparative study of two immigrant-employing SMEs in Vasternorrland, a peripheral and sparsely populated region located in Mid Sweden, in northern Europe. The employment of immigrants reportedly had several advantages as well as disadvantages. Both employers and immigrant employees agreed that the immigrants' language and cultural competences reduced psychic distances between the company and the export market represented by the immigrant's country of origin. Employers reported a generally increased awareness of psychic distance among markets resulting from the employment of immigrants, though employing immigrants resulted in increased psychic distance within the companies. 

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Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. , 2019. Vol. 36, no 1-2, p. 126-147
Keywords [en]
Cultural awareness, Cultural competence, Employer perspective, Export, Immigrant effect, Internationalisation, Internationalisation knowledge, Language, Liability of outsidership, Psychic distance, SME, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35410DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2019.096966OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-35410DiVA, id: diva2:1277323
Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2019-01-10Bibliographically approved

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